Physical/Mobility Conditions

A wide range of conditions may limit a student’s mobility and/or energy. These may include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and amputations or other severe physical injuries. Mobility disabilities may be temporary or permanent, and vary from student to student. Some students may use canes, crutches, braces, prostheses, scooters, or wheelchairs to assist with mobility. Perhaps the biggest obstacle may be getting to class on time. Lateness or absences from class may be due to transportation problems, inclement weather, elevator or equipment breakdown, or a side effect of the disability itself (such as fatigue).

Physical dexterity conditions may result from illness or injury. In this age of computers, increasing numbers of students are developing carpal tunnel syndrome, which may cause them to experience severe pain when taking notes or writing exams.

Web Resources

The websites listed are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD.

  • Cerebal Palsy Guide
    The Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.
  • United Spinal Association- Spinal Cord Resource Center
    This site lists state and local resources for United Spinal Association Chapters, local SCI/D support groups, Model System and CARF-accredited rehab facilities, Centers for Independent Living, State programs, and much more!