Register now for ITS’s Transportation Seminar with Prashanth S. Venkataram on 2/24!

February 7, 2023

ITS Davis postdoctoral researcher Prashanth S. Venkataram will present  “Disability, Transportation, and Accessibility: New Trends and Longstanding Challenges in the US”at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC BerkeleyTransportation Seminar on February 24, 2023.
A photo of Prashanth, sitting in a powerchair and smiling at the camera.

The seminar will discuss the problems people with disabilities often encounter when trying to access public transportation. These problems limit their overall mobility and quality of life, with some becoming more apparent as planners and policymakers commit to prioritizing accessibility and equity in planning efforts. Dr. Venkataram will discuss these issues in the contexts of broader travel trends as well as what the Americans with Disabilities Act does versus does not do. The issues people with disabilities face can be framed in terms of "immediate usability,” "availability,” and "cumulative usability.”

Dr. Prashanth S. Venkataram is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis). He works at the intersection of transportation and disability in the US to understand transportation challenges facing people with disabilities, how disability may affect the choices and desires that people have for transportation and neighborhood features, and changes in travel behavior among individuals involved in road collisions. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2020 and joined ITS-Davis soon after as a UC Davis Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow.

You can attend the seminar via Zoom, Youtube, or in person at the watch party in the ITS Transportation Library (fourth floor McLaughlin Hall).

Register for the free seminar today!

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