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PEOPLE WITH DISABLITIES

THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

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  • People who are physically challenged may have difficulty walking or be unable to talk.
  • Uneven ground and stairs may pose special problems.
  • Many may use adaptive equipment or require physical assistance in order to be mobile.
  • Physical challenges may be the result of birth defect, disease, accidents or aging.
  • Some challenges (such as arthritis) may or may not be visible at first meeting.
  • With adapted environments, many people with a physical challenge can live independently.

BE AWARE:

  • Sit down when conversing with a person in a wheelchair.
  • When with a person who is physically challenged, ask if you may be of help.
  • Let the individual tell you what is needed.
  • Some physical activities may be accomplished more slowly, so allow extra time.

SUGGESTIONS FOR INCREASING ACCESSIBLITY FOR PHYCIALLY CHALLENGED INDIVIDUALS:

  • Consider your home or facility in terms of needs of persons who are physically challenged
  • Imagine yourself in a wheelchair, using a walker, cane, scooter, or crutches.
  • Try to get around every part of your building or grounds being physically challenged.
 
  Consider in terms of accessibility:  
 
  • Access to homes, buildings, seating.
  • How doors open and the width of hallways and doorways.
  • Parking, steps, ramps, and curbs.
  • Restrooms, sinks, cooking areas.
   

RESOURCES FOR PHYICALLY CHALLENGED

Department of Rehabilitative Services
In partnership with people with disabilities and their families provides and advocates for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their independence. www.vadrs.org/

Department of Medical Assistance Services
Mission is to provide a system of high quality and cost effective health care services to qualifying Virginians and their families. www.dmas.virginia.gov

Social Security Administration
Information about services, benefits and publications from the Social Security Administration, including SSI, SSDI, work incentives and other topics. www.ssa.gov

United Cerebral Palsy Research
Resources, innovative projects and other information related to cerebral palsy. www.ucp.org

Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council
The Statewide Independent Living Council who represent the interests of Centers for Independent Living across the state. www.vasilc.org or Phone: 1 -800- 464-9950

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