Accommodation Ideas for Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS)
Polio (poliomyelitis) is a disorder caused by a viral infection (poliovirus) that can affect the whole body, including muscles and nerves. Severe cases may cause permanent paralysis or death. Polio occurs worldwide; however, no cases of polio have been reported in the United States in recent years (the last case of non-vaccine related polio acquired in the United States was in 1979). Just as symptoms may vary from person to person, so may the need for job accommodation.
Accommodation ideas for individuals with PPS:
- Difficulty Performing Activities of Daily Living: Eating aids, grooming aids, and other independent living aids may help.
- Managing Fatigue and Weakness: An individual with PPS may benefit from a flexible work schedule, liberal use of leave time, being allowed to work from home, a reduction or elimination of physical exertion and workplace stress, scheduled rest breaks away from the workstation, and using ergonomic equipment to implement ergonomic workstation design.
- Difficulty Standing and Walking: A wheelchair or scooter may accommodate these limitations when moving around a workplace. Stand/lean stools and adjustable workstations also help individuals convert standing areas to sitting workstations.
- Lifting: Accommodations for lifting limitations vary, depending on the situation. Accommodations may include assistance with lifting, lifting devices, or a transfer to another job that does not require lifting. For additional information on accommodations for lifting, visit SOAR's Accommodations for Back Conditions.
- One Hand Use: Accommodations for individuals with one hand typically involve driving; working with tools; lifting materials, products, and people; entering information into the computer; and manipulating office equipment. For additional information on accommodations for one hand use, visit JAN's Accommodations for One Hand Use.