Journal article

I had every right to be there: discriminatory acts towards young people with disabilities on public transport

Sarah Wayland, Jamee Newland, Liz Gill-Atkinson, Cathy Vaughan, Eric Emerson, Gwynnyth Llewellyn

Disability and Society | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


This article examines findings from a qualitative study exploring the experiences of young adults with disabilities regarding their perceptions of interpersonal discrimination on public transport in two Australian states. Interpersonal discrimination by members of the public included contests for accessible seating, receiving unwanted physical assistance, bullying and intimidation. Participants reported that transport staff engaged in verbal abuse and hostile interactions including questioning the young person’s disability. These experiences appeared to be influenced by narrow perceptions of disability, visibility or otherwise of the young person’s impairment, limited understanding of the ne..

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