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Limited Mobility Special Needs Factsheet

What Teachers Should Know

A student's mobility can be limited for a variety of reasons, including disease, injuries, or birth defects. Spinal cord injuries, paralysis, amputations, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, and cerebral palsy are examples of conditions that can limit a student's mobility. Mobility may be limited in the lower body, upper body, or both.

Students with limited mobility may:

What Teachers Can Do

Many students who depend on equipment to improve their mobility (whether temporarily or permanently) need to learn how to use it in many different situations in school and at home. In some cases, this can be a challenging and frustrating process for them.

You may need to modify the classroom environment, revise your teaching strategies, and make other adjustments. 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 from obstacles. Encourage your students to ask for assistance when needed and to plan their routines and tasks ahead of time.

Have an evacuation plan in place in case of fire drills or emergency situations so all of your students can leave the classroom quickly and safely.

Make sure students with mobility issues are included in all classroom activities and any field trips, and that transportation arrangements are accessible by all students.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: March 2014

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