Use of Personal Mobility Devices for Individuals with Disabilities
The updated American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines/standards for state and local governments as well post secondary institutions (Title II) and businesses/ entities that are open to the public (Title III) should consider the impact of a new category… “other power- driven mobility devices”. There has been an increase in the number and types of mobility devices in use by individuals with physical disabilities and/or medical conditions that affect mobility.
Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of individuals who have temporary medical conditions that result in limited/compromised mobility who may implement the use of “other power-driven mobility devices” for use in navigating the campus while temporarily impaired. It is prudent to consider key issues regarding general policies, appropriate use, storage, and responsibility for such devices.
Muhlenberg College recognized that the use of personal mobility devices can play an important role in facilitating the independence of individuals with certain types of disabilities.