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Everyday travel for families with children using wheelchairs: parents’ perceptions of constraints and adaptation strategies
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2019 (English)In: Children's Geographies, ISSN 1473-3285, E-ISSN 1473-3277, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 388-400Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a norm assuming high mobility in the Western world today, which can increase the social and geographical exclusion of those who have limited possibilities to travel, such as people with disabilities. When it is a child who has the disability, travel-related constraints are likely to affect the whole family’s travel patterns. This study explores travel constraints among Swedish families with children with cerebral palsy who use wheelchairs. A time-geographical framework is employed. Interviews with parents show that these families’ everyday mobility is affected by authority, capacity and coupling constraints, and that it is often a combination of these constraints that makes travelling difficult. The families use different strategies to negotiate these constraints. In addition to strategies controlled by the families, the findings suggest that there is also a need for governmental support and a barrier-free transport system to enhance their mobility.

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2019. Vol. 17, no 4, p. 388-400
Keywords [en]
children's mobility, disability, travel constraints, timegeography, family, accessibility
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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152104DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1528342ISI: 000476925100002Local ID: 881251OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152104DiVA, id: diva2:1251352
Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2019-10-16Bibliographically approved

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