Mobility disabilities refer to a broad range of disabilities which include orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and pulmonary disorders. Students with these disabilities often must rely upon assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, and prosthetic limbs to obtain mobility. Some students may have hidden disabilities which include pulmonary disease, respiratory disorder, and other conditions. Although the cause of the disability may vary, students with mobility disabilities may face the following difficulties:
- Inability to gain access to an inaccessible classroom.
- Inability to use an inaccessible computer station.
- Decreased eye-hand coordination.
- Decreased note-taking and test writing ability due to weakness or paralysis.
- Difficulties with verbal communication.
- Decreased physical stamina and endurance.
- If a classroom or faculty office is inaccessible, it will be necessary to find an accessible location or alternate classroom.
- Table-type desks that are high enough can be moved into a classroom.
- Always review the accessibility of a field trip site and discuss possible arrangements in advance with student.
- If the college is providing transportation for students on a field trip, a van or bus with a lift may have to be rented for the student to participate with other students.
- Alternate test-taking methods may need to be arranged with the student.
- Some students take notes for themselves, some students record lectures, and some students will rely on in-class volunteer note-takers.