Mobility Equipment and Orthotics

Individuals using a variety of mobility devices, including crutches and wheelchairs.

Supportive mobility devices, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches are an essential part of life for many people with cerebral palsy. Often people describe these devices as extension of their body, their wheels are their legs, and without them, participation with friends, family, co-workers, classmates and more are not an option.  Supportive mobility devices offer independence. 

It is crucial that everyone who needs supportive mobility devices get proper evaluations and proper, timely, maintenance that not only take into consideration health needs, but also social, family, employment, leisure and community needs. For the user, the freedoms that supportive mobility devices offer are often curtailed by functional and maintenance issues, lengthy wait times for repairs, transportation or environmental adaptation requirements and, of course, insurance restrictions. With team work, collective advocacy, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the design process, the provision of supportive mobility devices can truly give those who rely on them the freedom and independence they deserve.

For individuals with mobility limitations, powered mobility devices (PMD), such as powered wheelchairs and scooters, may
provide independent mobility which may not be otherwise possible.