National AccessAbility Awareness Wee - Tip #2

Tip 2

Did you know…Physical disabilities include a range of functional limitations from minor difficulties in moving or coordinating one part of the body, to muscle weakness, tremors, and paralysis.

Here are some tips to assist people with physical disabilities:

  • People with physical disabilities often have their own way of doing things. Ask before you help.
  • Wheelchairs and other mobility devices are part of a person’s personal space, don’t touch, move or lean on them.

Here are some tips for businesses to assist people with physical disabilities:

  • Keep ramps and corridors free from clutter. Remove obstacles and rearrange furniture/shelving to ensure a clear passage.
  • Provide accessible seating with arms for those who may not be able to stand or wait in lines for long periods of time.
  • If you need to have a lengthy conversation with someone who uses a wheelchair or scooter, consider sitting so you can make eye contact at the same level.

Join us in an effort to raise awareness for equal access and full participation for individuals with disabilities. Let’s celebrate the achievements of those who encounter barriers every day!

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