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Mobility Impairment

Description:
To date, there are approximately 8 million Americans who have some type of mobility impairment that necessitates the use of adaptive equipment such as a cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, or scooter. A person with a mobility impairment simply uses different ways to get around. Often times, assistive devices help him or her overcome mobility obstacles. Mobility impairments may result from a number of different medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, and paraplegia. Temporary impairments, like broken legs, can also result in mobility impairments.

(From: "Those of Us DisLabeled: A Guide to Awareness and Understanding", University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, Cooperative Extension Service)

Accommodations/Special Considerations:

  • Always ask the person if he or she would like assistance before you help. Your help may not be needed or wanted.
  • Talk directly to the person in the wheelchair rather than to someone with him. A person in a wheelchair is perfectly capable of talking for himself.
  • When possible, sit down so you are on eye level with the person in the wheelchair.
  • Push a wheelchair only after asking the person if assistance is needed.
  • When assisting someone in a wheelchair over a curb, ask if the person prefers to go forward or backward.
  • In guiding a wheelchair down an incline, hold the push handles to ensure that the chair does not go too fast.
  • Learn the location of wheelchair ramps, restrooms, elevators, and telephones.
  • For more than one stair step, keep the wheelchair tilted back while going up or down.
  • Remember that a wheelchair is an expensive piece of equipment. Do not treat it with extreme roughness.
  • Don't hang or lean on a person's wheelchair, which the person often considers part of their body space. You probably not lean on a person's shoulder, so do not lean on someone's wheelchair.

For More Information:

New Mobility Magazine is a good source to learn more about mobility impairments. They can be reached either via Internet (http://www.newmobility.com) or by phone at (310) 317-4522.

 

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