Assessing the Unmet Transportation Needs of Americans with Disabilities

“Assessing the Unmet Transportation Needs of Americans with Disabilities” is a report published by James des Cognets and Greg Rafert, Ph. D., of Analysis Group, Inc (AGI). AGI is an economic and financial analysis consultancy that constructs academic studies — AAPD commissioned this report from AGI to fill a gap in publicly-available data on the need/demand for accessible vehicles.

The findings of the research suggest a growing market for accessible vehicles that could make a significant impact on the self-driving auto industry.

We encourage you to read the full report, but you can find a “snapshot” of the information below:

  • The report estimates that 18.5 million Americans are limited in their travel in some way — this group includes people with disabilities, such as blind people, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and wheelchair users, as well people with epilepsy.
  • Travel-limited individuals are six times more likely to live in a home without a car. Motorized wheelchair-users are eight times more likely.
  • Currently, 5.7 million people use wheelchairs, and 1.7 million use a motorized wheelchair.
  • The wheelchair-using population in the U.S. is growing, and is expected to more than double by 2022, growing by a projected 120%.
    • The number of wheelchair users grew by 50% between 2010 and 2014.
    • If trends continue, the number of wheelchair users in the U.S. could reach 12 million within five years, including 3 million motorized wheelchair users. That’s more than double.
  • The estimated range of the wheelchair-using population that have the money to use transportation as a service is 3.6-5.0 million.
  • Unsurprisingly, income is one of the most severely limiting factors for travel-limited populations seeking to access reliable, safe transportation. Households earning more than $35,000 per year reach nearly 100% vehicle ownership rates whether they have a disability or not.
Photo of the report, "Assessing the Unmet Transportation Needs of Americans with Disabilities"

The full report can be found on the Analysis Group website.

Read the full press release here.

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