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1 JAN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labors Office of Disability Employment Policy. 1 Accommodating Employees who use Mobility Devices Burr Corley, MSW, Consultant Eddie Whidden, M.A., Senior Consultant

2 Objectives JAN Overview Employees who use mobility devices Accommodations for employees who use mobility devices Scenarios Questions Accommodating Employees who use Mobility Devices 2

3 3 JAN Overview

4 There are 6.8 million Americans living in the community who use an assistive device to help them with mobility 27.4%of Americans who use mobility devices are in the labor force These statistics are from following document Kaye, H. S., Kang, T. and LaPlante, M.P. (2000). Mobility Device Use in the United States. Disability Statistics Report, (14). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Available online at How many people use mobility devices? 4

5 Arthritis Amputation ALS Back conditions Cancer Cerebral Palsy Heart Disease Hemiplegia Hip conditions Knee Conditions Multiple Sclerosis Impairments which may require use of a mobility device 5 Muscular Dystrophy Myasthenia Gravis Lupus Osteoporosis Paraplegia Parkinsons Disease Quadriplegia Respiratory Disorders Spina Bifida Spinal Cord Injury Stroke

6 Canes Crutches Walkers Knee Walkers Rollators Wheelchairs Manual and Electric Standing Outdoor Scooters Types of mobility devices 6

7 Accessing the work site Accessing the work space Accessing information technology Bending, stooping, and kneeling Reaching Maintaining balance Sitting for prolonged periods Standing Walking Lifting materials Carrying and moving materials Lifting people Driving or operating vehicles 7 Mobility Impairments in the Workplace

8 Install automatic door openers Accessible door handles Parking Modify the building to make it accessible Ramps Chair lifts Stair lifts Elevators Restrooms Accessing the Worksite 8

9 Moving employee to accessible location Allowing or providing mobility devices Scooter Wheelchair Manual Powered All-Terrain Accessing the Worksite 9

10 Employers should remove any physical barriers (boxes, supplies, furniture) to insure a barrier-free route of travel out of the building. Employers may want to provide heavy gloves to protect individuals' hands from debris when pushing their manual wheelchairs, a patch kit to repair flat tires, and extra batteries for those who use motorized wheelchairs or scooters. Arrangements should also be made to make wheelchairs available after evacuation. Emergency Evacuation Motor Impairments 10

11 Designate areas of rescue assistance Providing emergency evacuation mobility aids Emergency evacuation 11

12 Providing accessible route of travel Modifying workstation to make it accessible Ergonomic chairs Articulating keyboard trays and mousing surfaces Foot rests and forearm supports Headsets Slant boards and copy holders Accessing the Workspace 12

13 Desk-A-Lators Provide adjustable workstation that can allow a wheelchair user access to the desk, or allow alternating between sitting and standing Accessible workstations for office settings Accessible workstations for industrial settings Accessing the Workspace 13

14 Alternative keyboards Alternative mice Speech recognition Accessing Information Technology 14

15 Aerial Lifts Work platforms Provide reacher Provide safety ladders for employees who must use ladders Accommodations for Climbing 15

16 Raise equipment or material on which the employee is working Provide low stool or creeper Racatac Provide reacher Bending, Stooping, and Kneeling 16

17 Set up workstation to minimize reaching Provide reacher Job restructuring Reaching 17

18 Provide safety ladders for employees who must use ladders Provide or allow use of mobility aids Canes Walkers with seats Rollators Wheelchair Scooter Maintaining Balance 18

19 Providing adjustable workstation Using ergonomic chairs Seat cushions Sitting for Prolonged Periods 19

20 Implementing ergonomic principles Monitor risers Articulating keyboard and mouse trays Foot rests and forearm supports Headsets Lumbar cushions Copyholders, page turners, and book holders Task lighting Sitting for Prolonged Periods 20

21 Adjustable and accessible workstations Stand-lean stools Anti-fatigue matting Stand-up wheelchairs ErgoMates Standing for Prolonged Periods 21

22 Communicating with , IM, two-way radios and cell phones ErgoMates Providing or allowing mobility device Wheelchairs Scooters Walkers and rollators Canes Walking 22

23 Job restructuring Compact lifting devices Adjustable lift tables Vacuum lifts Mobile cranes Tool balancers and ergonomic tools Lifting Materials 23

24 Carts and hand trucks Motorized carts Baskets for walkers and rollators Carts that can be attached to a mobility device like a scooter Carrying and Moving Materials 24

25 National Agrability Project Accessibility in Agriculture 25

26 Adjustable and walk-up changing tables Adjustable examination tables Patient lifts Transfer aids Independent living products Lifting People 26

27 Steering grips Vehicle cushions Anti vibration seats and wraps Automatic clutch Hand controls Pedal extenders Specific seat belts and seat belt extenders Swivel seats and seat extenders Lifters and carriers for mobility aids Allow work from home Driving or Operating Vehicles 27

28 Job restructuring Modified schedule Reassignment Telework Non-Product Accommodations 28

29 A caller said an employee with a doctor's note stating he needs to telework because he can only walk 200 ft without experiencing pain/weakness due to neuropathy. The employees job is sedentary. They wanted some alternatives to working from home. We discussed the use of a mobility device and placing him closer to the common-use areas in the office, such as, the restroom, break area, etc. Scenario 1 29

30 A school teacher with 30 years experience in the classroom has difficulty walking around the room in order to give one-on-one attention to her students and has difficulty balancing while standing in front of the class for prolonged periods. Her arthritis has worsened in the last two years making mobility an issue at work. We discussed the use of a sit-to-stand stool to use when lecturing and a rollator for some limited walking. Scenario 2 30

31 Caller said they have a city employee working in grounds maintenance, but the employee has difficulty walking on uneven terrain and must haul bags of fertilizer throughout the area. She has a back condition resulting in restrictions of walking, carrying, and lifting. We suggested a powered scooter designed for outdoor use with a "yardcart" attached to the rear of the scooter. Scenario 3 31

32 An employee has trouble lifting/moving heavy boxes of computer paper due to a shoulder injury; he works in an office setting and deliveries are made to the basement. He must lift/move the boxes while ascending the basement stairs. We explained the use of a stair-climbing compact material lift device. Scenario 4 32

33 Disabled Access Credit (DAC) Architectural and Transportation Barrier Removal Deduction Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program Tax Incentives 33

34 Questions? 34

35 Contact (800) (V) & (877) (TTY) (304) via text & janconsultants via Skype 35 Work that Works

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