Step 2: Select the Limitation
People use wheelchairs for a variety of reasons, the most common reason being paralysis from spinal cord injuries. Current estimates indicate there are 250,000 to 400,000 individuals living with a spinal cord injury or spinal dysfunction; eighty-two percent of these are male. Also, individuals with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, back conditions, cancer, and other impairments may use wheelchairs to assist with mobility.
Accommodations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We have compiled a non-inclusive list of limitations that result in common accommodation situations. In addition, you can find more information at JAN's A to Z Web page at: http://askjan.org/media/atoz.htm.
- Individual has difficulty with activities of daily living.
- Individual has fine motor limitations.
- Individual has gross motor limitations.
- Individual experiences fatigue and weakness.