Investigating road safety issues and deaf people in the UK: an empirical study and recommendations for good practice

Hersh, M.A. , Ohene-Djan, J. and Naqvi, S. (2010) Investigating road safety issues and deaf people in the UK: an empirical study and recommendations for good practice. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 38(4), pp. 290-305. (doi:10.1080/10852352.2010.509021)

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Abstract

Very little research has been carried out in the United Kingdom or other countries on the views and experiences of deaf people on road safety and other aspects of travel. Historically, there has been little specific attention to either the issue of road safety for deaf people or more general travel issues affecting deaf people. Deaf-specific support, guidance, or advice on road safety from the police or other agencies has been sparse. This has led to a situation where support for deaf pedestrians, drivers, and other deaf road users has been developed on an ad-hoc basis, and available measures have not been uniformly adopted across the United Kingdom. Furthermore, although the United Kingdom police force has aimed to provide some support to deaf and hard of hearing people, this has mainly concentrated on communications support in the form of note-taking, interpreters, and video-based information. This article aims to fill the gap in knowledge of road safety issues for deaf and hard of hearing people by reporting empirical research carried out with deaf people in the United Kingdom and making recommendations to improve their road safety.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hersh, Dr Marion
Authors: Hersh, M.A., Ohene-Djan, J., and Naqvi, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
ISSN:1085-2352
ISSN (Online):1540-7330

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