Physical Disability means visual, mobility, orthopedic or other health impairment.

Mobility and orthopedic impairment means a serious limitation in locomotion or motion functions which indicate a need for special services.

Other health impairment means a serious dysfunction of a body part or system which necessitates the use of one or more of the supportive services or programs. (Title 5)

Mobility impairments include students using wheelchairs, crutches, braces, walkers, or canes to move about; however, not all students with mobility impairments require mobility aides.

Suggestions for Helping Students with Mobility Impairment and Other Physical Disabilities to be More Successful in Your Classroom


If it seems that a student may have to miss a special meeting, a conference with you, or other such event because of an inaccessible location, please consider moving your conference or meeting to an accessible location.

Lateness and absences

Students with mobility impairments may also require more time to get to and from classes.

If a student who uses a wheelchair or has another mobility related disability is frequently late, it is, of course, appropriate to discuss the situation with him/her and seek solutions. Most students will schedule their classes with ample time between them; however this is not always possible.
Students who rely on attendant care or mobility assistance may sometimes experience disruption in their schedules that are beyond their control.
Some students are susceptible to physical problems which can require them to be absent during a prolonged course of medical treatment. The student is responsible for notifying his or her instructor of the situation.

Field trips

Special arrangements will have to be made for field trips when students who have Mobility impairments; please contact Laurence Orme, Accessible Specialist for assists.

Classroom considerations

Please contact Laurence Orme, Accessible Specialist for assists.

Other tips

Because a student sitting in a wheelchair is about as tall as most children, and because a pat on the head is often used to express affection toward children, many people are inclined to reach out and pat the person in a wheelchair on the head. These students usually find this to be demeaning.
A wheelchair is part of the person's body space. Try not to automatically lean on the chair; it is similar to hanging or leaning on the person.

When talking to a student in a wheelchair for more than a few minutes, sit down if convenient.

Most students who use wheelchairs will ask for assistance if they need it. Offer assistance if you wish, but do not insist, and be willing to accept a "No, thank you." graciously.


Adaptations for regular classes

Adaptive furniture

Two Shuttles for transportation are available for students and faculty.