This project organized and developed a comprehensive evidence base on boarding and disembarking public transit vehicles, completed research to address key policy and design issues, and identified new research needs. The IDeA Center, as part of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), conducted laboratory research on the usability of access ramps in transit applications by employing a full-scale simulation of a low-floor transit bus and an adjustable ramp. One study evaluated the usability of ramps of different slopes during ascent and descent. The second study focused on the ease of boarding, fare payment and disembarking under different conditions of fare payment and available floor space at the front area of a low-floor bus. The data collected in this study established a model for evidence-based practice in this field for the development of policies, standards and design tools. This project was part of a larger effort to research and develop methods to empower consumers and service providers in the design and evaluation of accessible transportation equipment, information services and physical environments. Data collected in this project was used to design and evaluate vehicle features, boarding technologies and design of stops and stations. Research on the anthropometry of wheeled mobility devices and their users indicated that current dimensions prescribed in U.S. accessibility standards for transportation are inadequate, e.g. clear floor area and ramp slope. The researchers included these findings when they submitted comments in response to the U.S. Access Board’s proposal to revise and update its accessibility guidelines for buses, over-the-road buses and vans. Findings from the research were also used to provide the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) with recommendations for new bus designs; two of these recommendations were incorporated in two new buses.
This project is a feasibility study designed to assess the viability of several measurement tools that are potentially applicable to quantitative evaluation of Complete Streets programs. The tools touch upon several areas of impact, including safety, economic and environmental impact, bike/pedestrian volume, and citizen feedback. The study deployed these measures in a field test conducted in Buffalo, N.Y., along six transportation corridors where Complete Streets projects have either been implemented or are planned. The goal is to establish the feasibility and sustainability of these data collection methods in order to identify those that might be implemented as part of an ongoing Complete Streets program evaluation.
UB on the Green is a free, outdoor, family-friendly festival of music, dance and fun, celebrating summer in the South Campus neighborhood. Community residents bring their own lawn chairs, food and drinks to Hayes Hall Lawn, and enjoy great entertainment, hands-on activities, and dynamic demonstrations and workshops. UB on the Green features an exciting theme each night, including “Unity in the Community & Health Care Fair Night,” “Arts & Culture Night” and “Athletics Night.”
Development of Home Safety Self Assessment Tool (HSSAT) to prevent falls in older adults and testing of the use of HSSAT on reducing home hazards for falls and the number of falls. Current version is 4. Two research studies on the effectiveness of the use of HSSAT were conducted and became two master’s theses. Another study on psychometrics of HSSAT was conducted and accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal. With this evidence, counties and healthcare providers in the U.S. and other countries are using the HSSAT. On-site fall prevention education reached over 3,500 older adults and their formal and informal caregivers. Additional locations: South Campus; Area Agency on Aging offices in various counties; senior centers
Provide interpretation and translation for Japanese to English. Additional locations: Buffalo, N.Y.; Buffalo City Court; Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Grand Island, N.Y.; Jamestown, N.Y.; Lewiston, N.Y.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Tonawanda, N.Y.
The School Supply Drive is a two-month universitywide charitable drive for school supplies to benefit pre-K through eighth grade students at schools situated around our three campuses: Futures Academy, Bilingual Center, Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute, Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School. UB employees drop off items in the designated collection boxes throughout the North, South and Downtown campuses that include paper, pencils, rulers, planners, markers, folders, and more. The 2013 program doubled in size from the previous year–with an unprecedented amount of supplies donated and distributed.
Coordinated by the Office of Community Relations, UB’s Universitywide Adopt-a-Family helps make the holidays a little warmer and brighter for a number of local families in need. The Office of Community Relations collaborates with local nonprofits to identify needy families; those families are matched with participating UB departments to provide items from their wish lists. Since 2008, the program continues to grow, averaging over 20 participating departments and matched families each year. Additional location: Downtown Campus