Access for All Students

Including Children with Disabilities

All children face challenges as they grow and develop. For children with disabilities, the scope of these challenges includes a physical, sensory, emotional or cognitive impairment that can complicate and magnify the usual demands of childhood.

Walk and Bike to School Day events create opportunities for children to interact and socialize with their peers. These events can also provide opportunities to teach pedestrian and bicycle safety skills, and positive experiences to encourage independent travel later in life. There are many ways to include children with disabilities in your Walk or Bike to School Day event that will make it rewarding and enjoyable for everyone.

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) provides the following advice:

Additional strategies include:

Browse Involving Children With Disabilities in Safe Routes to School (.pdf) for ideas for ongoing walking and bicycling programs.