Common Barriers Experienced at the University Level

A student who has a mobility impairment may experience one or more of the following barriers to learning and inclusion. Please note this list provides only a sample of common barriers.

  • Significant levels of fatigue and/ or pain due to the impact of the medical condition and/or treatment.
  • Maintaining regular attendance may be difficult.
  • Difficulty in meeting deadlines due to the ongoing impact of the illness.
  • Difficulty maintaining a heavy subject load or meeting intensive attendance requirements (e.g., placements, field trips).
  • Performance under timed assessment is often significantly compromised.
  • Social isolation as students often are able to attend functions, meetings beyond scheduled class times due to fatigue.
  • Issues with concentration and organization due to fatigue and/or pain.

For Additional Information on Working with Students with Mobility Impairments