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Getting Around: Physical Accessibility of Spaces: Mobility Aids

This guide provides information and resources about design and technology for mobile accessibility.


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Mobility Aids

Mobility aids help people move from place to place. People who have a disability may need a mobility aid. Examples of mobility aids include:

  • Crutches
  • Canes
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Motorized scooters

Mobility aids can be fairly low tech, like long canes and walkers, to high tech like motorized scooters and certain types of wheelchairs.


Accessible transportation is essential for the free movement of people who have physical disabilities. You can read more about public transportation and accessibility at

Accessible modes of transportation can include:

  • Wheelchair vans with lifts
  • Ramps on public buses
  • Accessible subway entrances
  • Mechanical hand controls in cars

Find out more on how to make your vehicle accessible from


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