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. Musculoskeletal injuries were the primary diagnosis for 37 percent of all SSDI disabled worker beneficiaries in 2017. The following resources are listed to increase awareness on practical solutions to maximize inclusiveness for those with mobility challenges within the workplace.

 

Back Impairment Overview- Back injuries account for many of the musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides an overview of back impairment and questions to consider. 

 

Use of Mobility Aids- JAN lists a variety of devices and strategies that accommodate for those with mobility impairments.

 

Wheelchair Information- 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.

 

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.