Arica Bolechala of USF’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute successfully demonstrated that the Travel Assistance Device (TAD) has a positive impact on a person’s ability to travel independently using public transportation in her Master’s Thesis, Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Travel Assistance Device on the Bus Riding Behavior of Individuals with Disabilities. When TAD was not in use, study participants did not pull the cord to exit the bus at the appropriate times, increasing the probability that an individual will miss the stop and ultimately lose their way. When the study participants carried TAD, the prompts delivered by TAD enabled all of the participants to pull the cord and exit the bus at the correct locations.
TAD Featured in Interdisciplinary Research at USF’s Florida Mental Health Institute
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