Mobility impairments are defined as limitation in locomotion or motor functions which indicate a need for supportive services or programs. Included in this category would be persons who have asthma, cardiovascular problems, or do not have motor functions necessary to lift or carry items normally used in an academic setting (i.e. books and supplies). Mobility limitations can include permanent or temporary disabilities. Many of the individuals who have mobility impairments use canes, braces, wheelchairs, etc. in order to get around campus and the community. People with upper body mobility impairments may have difficulty taking notes and completing other physical tasks. They will probably have note-takers or audio cassette tape players to assist them. Many students with lower body mobility impairments will simply require wheelchair seating in the classroom. They may require a modified desk or lab station. They may also need elevator and ramp access on the campus and in the community.
Accommodations may include:
- Accessible location for the classroom and place for faculty to meet with student.
- Extra time to get from one class to another, especially in inclement weather.
- Special seating in classrooms.
- Adjustable lab or drafting tables for classes taught in lab settings.
- Lab assistance.
- Accessible parking in close proximity to the building.
- Course substitution for certain students.
- Taped texts.
- Note-takers, use of tape recorders, laptop computers, or photocopying of peer notes.
- Test accommodations: extended time, separate place, scribes, and/or access to word processors.
- Special computer equipment / software: voice activated word processing, word prediction, and/or keyboard modification.
- Customized physical education class activities that allow students to participate within their capabilities.