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The aim of this project is to examine how people with a disability, from Central Queensland, access and use travel as a form of recreation. The project will investigate aspects of travel use as a recreational pursuit in and around Central Queensland. The participant group will consist of approximately ten individuals who have a disability. This does not necessarily mean that they will be a person with a mental disability, but rather, that they will be a person with a physical disability. The participants will be recruited through contact with a person who has worked in the disability field in Central Queensland for over twenty years. The interviews will be transcribed and loaded into Nvivo8 (a computer software data package) where salient and major themes will be identifiable from within the data set. This research project will then form the basis for a larger competitive research proposal for an externally funded project. The methods utilised will be indepth semi-structured interviews. The interviews will be recorded in the field. Later, the interviews will be transcribed and imported into Nvivo, where they will be coded using a hierarchical, thematic coding structure. The open-ended questions will be about how the person with a disability travels, in general, and where to (their destination); how they negotiate their travel before departure and during the trip; how they are confronted by issues of access to travel destinations; and how they cope with the ‘journey’ itself.
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