As a driver-partner, you can help make transportation more accessible to everyone. Here are a few tips for picking up and assisting riders with disabilities from one of Uber’s accessibility partners, Open Doors Organization.
The basics: How you can help
A helpful tip: Break down the WALL
When picking up a rider with disability, think about watching, asking, listening, and learning (WALL)
- Watch the person to understand their abilities
- Ask how you can help
- Listen to their requests and preferences carefully
- Learn from every person you assist
Watch the video to learn more about “breaking down the WALL.”
Tip: Communicating with riders
If you’re having trouble communicating with a rider, you can try:
- Being patient and asking yes-or-no questions, when you can
- Asking the rider to repeat instructions, if you haven’t understood them the first time
- Avoiding interrupting the rider
- Avoiding speaking to their companion or carer instead of the rider, unless directed
More tips: Serving people with different needs
Different people have different needs. You can offer great service to your riders by learning the best way to assist them.
Helping people who use wheelchairs or scooters
Knowing how to store wheelchairs and scooters helps people with limited mobility to feel welcome and independent in your car.
Helping people who are blind
You can assist people who are blind or have vision impairment by offering to guide them to your car.
Helping people who are deaf
You can help people who are deaf or have hearing impairment by being patient and using visual communication.
Helping people with service animals
You can help people with service animals by welcoming their companions into your car. In most circumstances, you are required by law to accommodate service animals.
All tips provided by Open Doors Organisation. Uber is working to make transportation more accessible to everyone. See how at accessibility.uber.com.