Travelling in the Shoes of Others

Travelling in the Shoes of Others update: Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Travelling in the Shoes of Others training program is currently on hold until September 2020. 

We still welcome you to register your interest in participating in a future training session by using the contact details at the bottom of the page. Please note that due to unprecedented demand, we currently have no vacancies for any of our 2020 training sessions. Please register your interest for our 2021 program below.

Travelling in the Shoes of Others is a half-day workshop facilitated by the Transport Accessibility & Inclusion Unit.

Participants spend half a day on public transport with a simulated disability or mobility restriction. They experience some of the challenges that people with different needs face on public transport.

The workshop highlights the need to build good design and accessibility principles into public transport planning, infrastructure and customer service.

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What happens on the day

Participants travel on public transport in groups of two or three, supported by a professional mobility specialist. Groups take part in one or both simulations.

Vision impairment

Participants wear a blindfold or vision simulator and travel with a long cane.

Mobility impairment

Participants travel on trains, trams and buses, using a mobility aid. They navigate stations and talk to customer service staff and drivers.

The mobility specialists stay with the groups for the entire workshop. Groups come together for the final hour of the workshop to talk about their experience.

Workshop partners

We run Travelling in the Shoes of Others with the help of the following organisations:

  • Guide Dogs Victoria
  • Vision Australia
  • Yooralla
  • Spina Bifida Foundation Victoria
  • Travellers Aid.

Who can attend

Travelling in the Shoes of Others is open to people who work in public transport. People who have a professional interest in public transport can also attend. This includes students and employees of other organisations.

Register your interest

If you or someone you know is interested in attending the workshop, please email PTV's Transport Accessibility & Inclusion Unit to register your interest.