BraunAbility, in partnership with multiple mobility dealership locations across the U.S., is installing 3D accessible parking designs to combat illegal parking in spaces designated for those with mobility disabilities. The 3D access aisles are installed in parking lots of businesses that sell mobility products, including BraunAbility wheelchair accessible vehicles.
The goal of the 3D accessible parking design is to bring attention to a significant issue faced by people who use wheelchairs, and the optical illusion of a raised barrier is designed to stop someone from parking on the access aisle, keeping it open for a wheelchair van ramp to deploy. Accessible parking abuse is rampant. In recent U.S. surveys, 74 percent of participants said they have witnessed accessible parking abuse, and 84 percent of BraunAbility customers expressed interest in taking action to prevent accessible parking abuse.
This nationwide 3D painting is part of a larger movement by BraunAbility called Drive for Inclusion. Drive for Inclusion is a first-of-its-kind initiative to gather and unify the voices of people across the mobility disability spectrum to take action for greater access and inclusion.
Mobility dealerships across the country are eager to take part in the Drive for Inclusion movement. In more ways than one, these partners help support local disability communities, and their participation in the 3D painting is one more example of their commitment to this community.
To date, 27 access aisles have been installed, including the inaugural space in Speedway, Indiana.
People with disabilities make up the largest minority in the world, according to the United Nations, and mobility disabilities affect one in eight adults in the U.S. Yet the daily challenges faced by this group, like parking, are largely ignored by society as a whole. To create awareness of this issue, BraunAbility enlisted the talents of internationally renowned artist, Tracy Lee Stum, to redesign the access aisles found next to wheelchair van accessible parking spaces.
BraunAbility invites anyone living with a mobility disability and their caregivers to share their voices through its online survey community at www.BraunAbility.com/TheDrivingForce and provide input on obstacles they face in their daily lives and what changes could lead to greater mobility inclusion. The information gathered through The Driving Force community will be used to inform future actions, and key findings from the survey community will be released annually through the Drive for Inclusion Report Card beginning in May 2020.