5307.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM

Participation of People with Mobility Limitations

Individuals with mobility limitations often experience changes in participating in major life activities as a result of their physical limitations and the barriers encountered in their environment. A three-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Disability and Health developed two survey instruments that were used to assess individual participation and the environment: the Mobility Participation Survey (MPS) and the Environmental Barriers and Facilitators Listing (EBFL). The 25 major life activities included in this study range from activities of daily living to involvement in recreation, work, and family activities. Environmental factors comprise assistive technology, human assistance, physical structures, social attitudes and benefit programs. Surveys were used as a part of an in-home assessment of five groups of people with mobility limitations. The groups include spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), polio survivors, stroke, and general mobility limitations. Shortly after the in-home assessment, educational programs were provided to the SCI, MS and polio survivors. Stroke survivors were not involved with any systematic educational or environmental program. The general mobility limitation group was provided with home access modification. A second in-home assessment was made after three to four months. Each presenter in this session will describe their respective group, the strategy used to improve participation, and the effectiveness of the two surveys to capture differences in participation and environments
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):Thomas Stripling, BS
Organizer(s):David B. Gray, PhD
8:30 PMAssessing the impact of environmental modifications on the participation of individuals with general mobility limitations
Susan Stark, PhD
8:45 PMPolio survivors, peer visits, and participation
Karen Hirsch, PhD, Joan Headley, MS
9:00 PMParticipation of individuals with spinal cord injury: Effects of computer education programs
David B. Gray, PhD, Kerri Morgan, OTR/L
9:15 PMInvestigating social participation and environmental barriers in persons with multiple sclerosis who complete the 'Gateway to Wellness Program'
Peggy Neufeld, MA, OTR/L
9:30 PMCommunity reintegration after stroke: Environmental determinants of quality of life
Dorothy Edwards, PhD
Sponsor:Disability Forum
Cosponsors:Environment; Social Work; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA