Raising Awareness

“How Far Can You Walk? Hidden Mobility Disabilities”: Dr. Riddle will present the Survey results at the 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (October 9, 2017)

“Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Care Successfully”: Dr. Riddle will present a half-day workshop, including a focus on hidden mobility disabilities, at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (November 5, 2017)

Because of the pressing need to make the invisible visible, raising awareness is a critical first step in ensuring that persons with hidden mobility disabilities (HMD) can live with dignity and enjoy a full life. The recently-released Research Report and HMD Fact Sheet from the results of the Survey on Hidden Mobility Disabilities can help in alerting the public to the existence of hidden mobility disabilities and the limitations that persons with HMD experience that need accommodation.

Accessibility for persons with HMD means recognizing that:

  • A “short distance” to walk is no more than 35 feet (10.7 meters)
  • A brief time to stand unsupported is 1-2 minutes

Areas of accommodation for persons with HMD include the:

  • Distance to be walked
  • Impediments to mobility (unstable, uneven, sloped terrain)
  • Length of time standing
  • Ability to sit and rest at frequent intervals

Help us identify the best channels for publicizing the accessibility issues facing persons with HMD.