To address these problems, RoDG conducted a series of “secret shops” – recruiting PWD with cognitive disabilities to travel on round trips through the airport. These users travelled as they normally would, without assistance from RoDG. This allowed us to uncover the experiences of those who do not disclose their disability, without introducing bias from researchers.
“Secret-shop” by actual passengers with cognitive disabilities – not advocates or activists.
All study participants completed a diary of experience and participated in a focus group.
Guided walk-through of airport with RoDG’s team of expert analysts to contextualize study findings.
Benchmarking of client airport with leaders in disability space – within and outside aviation.
Maximizing the experience of those with cognitive disabilities overlaps with key revenue drivers. These findings promote ease of journey for all.
PWD demand independence in navigating their airport experience – desire for “self-serve” options. Current targeted services underused.
Space, time and technology is underutilized for wayfinding. This creates information gaps while navigating airports, thus creating delays.
Wayfinding to revenue drivers such as food and retail can and should be maximized.
Amount of information – everywhere – can be difficult to process for everyone.