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Accessible Shuttle Transport

We aim to create a special shuttle transport option for the disabled, low-cost or no-cost, to help them get to where they need to go.

Photo of Niloufar Salehi
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What problem does your idea solve?

Helping people get around to do errands, appointments and the like.

Explain your idea

A shuttle would pick up people at a specified time at their house, or around it. The shuttle would take them wherever they needed to go, and would have a psychology student, or other intern on board to give them valuable education, while giving care for the disabled individual.

Who benefits?

Mainly any age would benefit from this idea. Any person with a disability that prevents them from driving, and that has nobody else to rely on, would benefit. They’d be someone who still wants to have some independence but also is not able to do things entirely on their own.

How is your idea unique?

There is transportation already offered, absolutely. But, this is unique because there isn’t one that comes staffed with a person specifically to give some kind of light therapy while on the way to or from their destination (if the person wants it.) Knowing a few disabled people, the common thread was that the transportation was a significant issue. The options already offered are hardly enough for someone with big social anxiety - we figured this would be more welcoming, and easy to use.

Tell us more about you

This idea is the result of a week-long design drive administered by the Stanford HCI group ( If chosen, we are happy to support the group that came up with this idea for implementation with our resources. We are researchers in human-computer interaction at the computer science department at Stanford and we have access to designers, programmers, and partner organizations.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Our original idea was for paid public bus access, but feedback showed that a personal shuttle would fit the needs of the disabled community much better. A private shuttle would have more control over who the driver is, and would offer pickup at the person’s residence, rather than having them have to trek to a bus stop. The idea of having a psychology student or therapist aboard to help was not one that occurred to us originally.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Organizational Status

  • We are not formally registered but are a formal initiative through a school / university.


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Photo of Fadila Lagadien

Hi Niloufar, can you please have a look at my idea and see if you can support it and or provide some feedback that I might be able to incorporate into t to make it more feasible?

Photo of Fadila Lagadien

Niloufar, it is a very good idea. However, I am concerned about the 'treatment' on-board as the service might be perceived as medical-based and not human rights based. Please explain.....

Photo of Ahmed yesuf

I was surprised with the number of ideas you submitted for this challenge.

Photo of Nick


Further to the below do you plan plan on covering the maintenance and up keep of the vans as well.

Photo of Heather Gasper

Great idea! one question - how would you access a volume of accessible vans or cars for transport?