Services Faculty & Staff Disability and Accommodations
ORTHOPEDIC / MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS
A variety of physical disabilities resulting from congenital conditions, accidents, or progressive neuromuscular diseases; may include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury (paraplegia or quadriplegia) spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, paralysis, and stroke.
Limitations may include:
- physical stamina
- muscle control, coordination, balance and speed
- ambulation, climbing, standing
- range of motion in extremities
- hand/finger dexterity
- auditory and visual comprehension
- cognition (verbal/visual perception or expression) and distractibility
Accommodations may include:
- accessible classroom, lab and/or meeting place
- extra time for travel across campus
- special seating location, chair, table
- note taking assistance
- use of laptop or adaptive equipment/technology
- extra time on exams, in-class assignments and outside assignments requiring extensive writing
- lab assistance and accessible field trips
- accessible parking in close proximity
- adaptations in physical education classes
- course waiver or substitution
- audio texts, handouts, etc.
- If possible, be seated so the person doesn’t have to look up. Communicate at eye level with the person.
- Push the wheelchair only when asked.
- When assisting in going up or down a curb, ask if he or she prefers going forward or backward.
- Keep the chair tilted back when assisting on steps.
- Be prepared-learn the locations of ramps and accessible facilities.
- Never hang or lean on a person’s wheelchair-the chair is part of one’s personal body space and hanging on it is very annoying.
- Don’t presume a person in a wheelchair needs your help to push him or her.
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