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Title: Mobility experience of persons with visual impairments in indian railway station environments
Authors: Raheja, Gaurav
Tyagi M.
Swallow D.
Sandoval L.
Lewis A.
Darzentas J.
Petrie H.
Walsh T.
Power C.
Published in: Proceedings of Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Abstract: Mobility for persons with visual impairments in Indian railway stations poses multidimensional challenges for access to an inclusive travel experience. India is a home to about twenty million persons with diverse disabilities out of which about five million are persons with visual impairments. Diversity of passenger movements on a railway station including persons with visual impairments requires a Universal Design approach to respond to the accessibility issues in these contexts. This research study is based on a series of live on-site experiences conducted along with persons with visual impairments at New Delhi Railway Station. It also includes the generic studies carried out with other diversities of railway passengers including aging, gender and diverse physical abilities. It employs research methods like ethnography, focus group interactions and trace study to develop a deeper understanding of human and spatial parameters of mobility in railway station environments. A Universal Design perspective with a holistic understanding remains critical to the foundation of this research study. While it deals in specific requirements of persons with visual impairments, it also brings an illustration of handling diversity on a railway station from a unique Indian perspective. It concludes by highlighting and reinterpreting the Universal Design India Principles integrating the needs of persons with visual impairments in railway station environments. Brief recommendation for an inclusive mobility experience on railway station forms a vital part of this grounded research study. © 2016 The authors and IOS Press.
Citation: Proceedings of Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, (2016), 601- 611
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: IOS Press
Keywords: Accessibility
Indian context
Persons with visual impairments
Railway station environment
Universal design
disabled person
visual disorder
Disabled Persons
Vision Disorders
ISBN: 9.78E+12
ISSN: 9269630
Author Scopus IDs: 56201927000
Author Affiliations: Raheja, G., Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Tyagi, M., Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Corresponding Author: Raheja, G.; Indian Institute of TechnologyIndia; email:
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