Program Summary

ICAT’s 6 program activities are grouped under our 2 primary strategies:

 

Knowledge Dissemination & Technology Transfer

 

Development and Promotion of New Technologies and systems

 

Knowledge Dissemination & Technology Transfer Information & Communication:

 

An ICAT newsletter providing information to its membership on recent developments in the field, conferences and major events, and opportunities for participation.

 

An internet Web site, with additional features for members only.

 

Referral services to a unique ICAT information base on transportation and disability: designed to generate market research information to practitioners, manufacturers, carriers, etc. on socio-economic data, demographics and travel patterns. This information can be calibrated to provide estimates for most countries. Customised analyses can be supplied on request at cost.

 

An ICAT special collection on transportation accessibility: ICAT will provide relevant information and sources to obtain publications from governments and other organizations for members as reference.

 

An ICAT directory of available technologies to improve transportation accessibility, and their suppliers.

 

ICAT will maintain an active working relationship with other organizations active in advancing the development of accessible transportation. These include Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Transportation Research Board (U.S.), the U.K. Department of Transport, Institut National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur sécurité (INRETS, France), the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT, Paris), Transport Research Laboratories (TRL, U.K.), industrial design centres and associations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, and the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI).

 

Training and Education:

 

ICAT will develop and organize training courses and programs for the planning, design and provision of accessible transport in all modes. This is intended to improve the skills, awareness and sensitivity of students with career aspirations in this field, practitioners and transport staff in assisting passengers who are disabled or elderly. ICAT will also provide trainers.

 

ICAT will host student interns from universities and colleges with the aim of imparting them the knowledge on accessible transportation.

 

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops:

 

ICAT will organise and manage regional, national and international seminars, symposiums, workshops and conferences on accessible transportation and related topics, individually or jointly with other partners. These forums are particularly important in bringing together professionals and interested parties to exchange information and experience in making transportation more accessible.

 

Expert Advice and Industry Alliances:

 

ICAT has the tools and expertise to conduct site-specific accessibility audits of transport services, to evaluate planned developments and to make recommendations on how to improve accessibility and remove obstacles for elderly and/or disabled travellers in the most cost-effective manner.

 

ICAT can play a supportive role in researching and assessing policy options under consideration by governments which might encourage or impact access to or use of accessible transportation services.

 

ICAT will conduct research and planning studies in support of its program activities under its mission goal to promote technologies and services, either internally or through contracts.

 

ICAT will organise a Fellowship Program for work assignments for experts and scholars at ICAT’s office in Montreal and associate offices elsewhere, including assignments in other countries; to ensure an effective transfer of knowledge and technology among countries.

 

ICAT will organise sector-wide consultations with stakeholders to co-ordinate a common response to national or international initiatives on policy and program matters.

 

Development and Promotion of New Technologies and Systems Technological and Systems Development:
ICAT actively participates with various associations to ensure that the human factors of disability and ageing are included as design input in the development of new and advanced technologies, e.g. intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

 

Sponsorship and Support:

 

In association with Access Exchange International in San Francisco, ICAT will set up a program to collect and distribute information and funding to assist in the development of accessible transportation services in less developed countries.