CPD seeks study participants

October 30, 2012 by Sue Reeves

A new study to find out more about the evacuation behaviors of people with mobility-related disabilities is seeking research subjects. Individuals who have a physical or sensory impairment that affects their mobility are encouraged to participate.

The results of the study, which is being conducted by Dr. Keith Christensen at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, will be used to create buildings that better support individuals with disabilities during emergency evacuations.

Individuals accepted into the study will be asked to come to the USU campus for about two hours on either Nov. 9, 15 or 17. Participants will complete a short survey and walk around a circular track containing items typically found in a building such as doorways, corners and other people. Participants may be asked to walk up and down a typical length of stairs, if appropriate. Movement will be measured using a video tracking system, and there will be frequent opportunities to rest. Participants will be compensated with a $100 Visa gift card.

E-mail Christensen at evacstudy@cpdusu.org for more information or to apply for the study. Applicants will be contacted for additional information, and if accepted, will be scheduled for the study.

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