Did you know that millions of independently mobile individuals can only walk a short distance or stand for more than a couple of minutes without severe pain or other health consequences? They are part of a growing group of millions with a hidden mobility disability. We now have the first ever research on the lived experience of persons with hidden mobility disabilities, showing that accessibility for them means that a walkable distance is 40-50 feet.
We have become increasingly aware of the challenges faced by persons with visible mobility disabilities and the accommodations needed for those using wheelchairs or scooters. Public buildings are now required to have features like ramps and automatic doors. In addition to mobility impediments (unstable or uneven ground), their primary challenge is maneuverability. We need the same awareness with regard to distance walked as an access barrier. Join the Hidden Mobility Disabilities Alliance and help make public spaces and community services more accessible.
Are you able to walk without a mobility aid, but only short distances without health consequences? Do you have trouble standing in a queue for more than a few minutes without intense pain? If so, please help us continue to gather more data. Take the Survey on Hidden Mobility Disabilities.
For more information and to get involved, go to www.HiddenMobilityDisabilities.com.