Physical disabilities are broad in nature. A student may have a back problem that affects sitting or walking, have a chronic medical condition leading to physical problems, have small amputations such as fingers or toes, or have a disability that necessitates
the use of a wheelchair for mobility and/or a personal assistant for care.
Mobility disabilities are wide-ranging, occurring from a variety of causes including but not limited to back problems, chronic health issues, amputations, stature, and other causes. The effects range from affecting length or type of terrain a student
can walk, to needing to use crutches or canes, to needing to use a wheel chair. In all cases, the tool to assist ambulation may be situational or permanent.
Some examples of possible accommodations that a student with a physical or mobility disability may require include (but are not limited to):
When interacting with individuals with physical or mobility disabilities, follow these guidelines:
The following are some considerations to keep in mind when working with students with physical disabilities or disabilities affecting mobility in the classroom:
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Mobility Impairments (DO-IT, University of Washington)
Teaching Students with Physical Disabilities (Accessible Campus,
Council of Ontario Universities)
Physical Disability (Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training)
Students who have Mobility or Dexterity Limitations (Allegheny College)