The Community Mobility and Participation in Society (COMPASS) virtual lab focuses on enabling access to public transportation for individuals who are transportation disadvantaged so that they may participate in their necessary and preferred activities in the community. Accessible public transportation is a critical element for accessing community services and social engagement. Participating in chosen activities and obtaining health care as needed are critical factors in developing or maintaining optimal health. COMPASS has three principle focus areas:
- Conduct descriptive and phenomenological studies of the “lived experience” of people with disabling conditions using public transportation to determine key questions for further research.
- Conduct systematic reviews of assessment tools that measure the cognitive, physical, sensory, and psychosocial demands required to use public transportation.
- Collaborate with researchers and service providers to improve our understanding of how to reduce barriers to public transportation and participation in society.