Workplace Resources for Ambulatory Disability
Based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 6.5 million people in the United States use a cane, a walker, or crutches while 2.2 million people depend on a wheelchair for mobility. Overall, it has been found that as the American population ages, the percentage of people with an ambulatory disability increases.
The following resources are listed to increase awareness on practical solutions to maximize inclusiveness for those with mobility challenges within the workplace.
Employees with Back Impairments: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), back injuries account for nearly half of all musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace (BLS, 2013). This link connects to a concise report from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) providing information about back impairments in relation to the ADA, accommodation ideas, and links to other resources.
Wheelchair Fact Sheets: The wheelchair is a complex piece of equipment that has been extensively engineered and studied over time. This link from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) incorporates three insightful fact sheets surrounding wheelchair usage.
Employees who Use Wheelchairs: Resource link to Job Accommodation Network (JAN) report focused on wheelchair users, accommodating employees using wheelchairs, and other resources.
Universal Design in the Workplace: Link to fact sheet by the Northwest ADA Center on the significance of universal design to further integrate all employees, including those with mobility challenges, in the workplace through strategic design planning.