Mobility Awareness Month

Mar 11, 2019

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May marks the celebration of National Mobility Awareness Month, a movement to demonstrate that people with physical disabilities are fully capable of living active and mobile lifestyles. One way this is being accomplished is by educating and informing caregivers and individuals with disabilities on the equipment options available to them to achieve that lifestyle.

Did you know?

  • More than 10 million people in the United States have mobility issues.
  • Mobility is the most common form of disability among older Americans.
  • More than 1.6 million Americans require a wheelchair for mobility.

Mobility impairment can refer to a broad range of disabilities that cause a person to rely on assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, canes, or artificial limbs. Structural obstacles that block mobility in the community and workplace make it difficult for those with disabilities to live active and independent lives. This means a sizeable portion of our population is facing challenges in accessing the environment around them.

Fortunately, there are solutions available. There are several companies and organizations that offer adaptive technologies that specialize in mobility and transportation solutions for people with disabilities. One of these organizations is Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). They assist individuals with unique abilities by providing services through their six Regional Demonstration Centers.  These services include assistive technology device loans, assistive technology device demonstrations, trainings on assistive technology devices and services, and information and assistance activities. 

Such services and accommodations in the workplace improve the employment and retention rates of individuals with mobility impairments, and the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program both recognizes and assists organizations that support those individuals. Improvements in physical accessibility is a high priority for millions of Americans who experience physical barriers in their homes and communities. Increased awareness of mobility solutions available in the community can help impact the everyday lives of those with disabilities.  

Businesses are encouraged to apply to become a Florida Unique Abilities Program Partner if they meet the program criteria. Individuals can also nominate a business they believe meets the criteria. For more information on how to join the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program, please click here.

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