A student's mobility can be limited due to disease, injuries, or birth defects.
Conditions like spinal cord injuries, head injuries, amputations, muscular
dystrophy, arthritis, and cerebral
palsy also can limit mobility. Mobility may be limited in the lower body, upper
body, or both.
Students with limited mobility may:
use splints, casts, leg braces, canes, crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs
need extra time, as well as help, moving around classrooms, between classes, and
may be late to class due to problems getting around
miss class time to do occupational therapy or physical therapy
use assistive technology to help with writing and other activities
need extra time to complete assignments
need special seats and desks or tables, and extra space for wheelchairs or other
need other students or a scribe to take notes for them; or have class lectures,
discussions, and activities recorded via video or audio
Many students who depend on equipment to improve their mobility need to learn how
to use it in many different situations in school and at home. For some, this can be
challenging and frustrating.
You may need to alter the classroom environment, revise your teaching strategies,
and make other changes. The accommodations you make for your students will depend
on the specific impairment and the classroom environment. Make sure the classroom
is easy to get around and free of obstacles. Encourage your students to ask for help
when needed and to plan their routines and tasks ahead of time.
Have an evacuation plan ready in case of fire drills or emergencies so all students
can leave the classroom quickly and safely.
Make sure students with mobility issues are included in all classroom activities
and any field trips. Transportation should be accessible to all students.