Our Projects

Research Stream: Navigation and Pedestrian Environment Accessibility

The Stakeholders Walkability / Wheelability Audit in Neighbourhoods (SWAN) tool is a neighbourhood-built environment audit tool which facilitates participant-led evaluations of selected street segments which influence mobility. The concentration of this project is to modify the SWAN tool to account for neighbourhood features which impact the mobility and participation of individuals living with sensory or cognitive disability.


Contact Person: Atiya Mahmood, amahmood[at]sfu.ca

This project will review best practices and evaluate the tools for improving the accessibility of the streetscapes, including Tactile Walking Surface Indicators, signalized crossings, bus stop info communication, navigation to mid-bloc and T-intersection crossings, transitions between shared and separated sidewalks. 


Contact Person: Delphine Labbé, dlabbe[at]uic.edu

The purpose of this study is to explore how non-profit organizations and municipalities have adapted their service delivery and programming for people with disabilities or considered the impact of environmental changes and policies on these individuals during the global COVID pandemic. 


Contact Person: Ben Mortenson, ben.mortenson[at]ubc.ca

Creating accessible and inclusive urban environments promotes social participation and improves the quality of life for the general population, but particularly for people with disabilities. Because of the planned legislation and their proximity to the citizens, municipalities play a key role in the implementation of accessible environments. However, the complexity of municipal organizational structures and the complexity of implementing universal accessibility (UA) principles present major challenges for municipalities. In addition, knowledge mobilization (KM) strategies used to encourage municipal employees to implement UA principles are, to date, poorly documented. This project aims to support the city of Vancouver and Quebec City in implementing the UA measures provided in the legislation.

Contact Person: Marie-Eve Lamontagne, marie-eve.lamontagne[at]fmed.ulaval.ca

The main objective of this project is to provide sufficient scientific evidence for the reconciliation of inclusive accessibility in heritage buildings and sites. A literature review of best accessibility practices in heritage buildings will be conducted as well as an evaluation of the selected sites and a co-design methodology to find solutions to architectural barriers arising from preservation constraints of heritage sites.


Contact Person: Ernesto Morales, ernesto.morales[at]fmed.ulaval.ca

This project explores the transportation experiences of cyclists or wheeled mobility device users in cycle lanes. Cycling is gaining prominence as a sustainable method of transportation, yet wheeled mobility devices are not often imagined as part of the cycling network. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how users with disabilities navigate pathways with different devices, and how to improve cycling infrastructure for a variety of users. 


Contact person: Dr. Ben Mortenson, ben.mortenson[at]ubc.ca 

Research Stream: Transportation Accessibility

This project will analyze existing active transportation policies across municipalities. 


Contact Person: Delphine Labbé, dlabbe[at]uic.edu

This project is being developed with the transportation provider in Quebec – Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC). The general purpose is to develop indicators of public transport use by people with disabilities or reduced mobility. These indicators will then be used by the RTC to measure public transport use with a view to evaluate its plan for universal accessibility of its services. (Details to be determined)


Contact Person: Marie-Eve Lamontagne, marie-eve.lamontagne[at]fmed.ulaval.ca

The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis of interactions and relationships between all MAP team members, researchers (12) and partners, who are considered a network as a whole. 


Contact Person: Marie-Eve Lamontagne, marie-eve.lamontagne[at]fmed.ulaval.ca

This project will explore perceptions and experiences of public transport use by people with disabilities and reduced mobility before and after a training/familiarization with the use of public transport. The training/familiarization is provided by the new service (SAMI) proposed by the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC), the transportation provider in Quebec.


Contact Person: Krista Best, krista.best[at]fmed.ulaval.ca

Research Stream: Social Accessibility

This project will focus on identifying best practices, assessing the capacity building needs, and evaluating the collaboration between the cities and the advisory committees.

Contact Person: Alfiya Battalova, alfiya.battalova[at]ubc.ca

This project will develop training for service providers to address biases around intersectional categories (e.g., race and disability, disability and gender, disability and sexual orientation).


Contact Person: Ben Mortenson, ben.mortenson[at]ubc.ca

The aim of the project is to assess the accessibility of the online resources of associations delivering services to people with traumatic brain injury.


Contact Person: Marie-Eve Lamontagne, marie-eve.lamontagne[at]fmed.ulaval.ca