Access for All Students

Including Children with Disabilities

student pushing another student in a wheelchair

New York Mills, MN

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, Bike & Roll 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, Bike & Roll to School Day event that will make it rewarding and enjoyable for everyone. Below is a selection of resources to help with planning events and Safe Routes to School programs that are accessible to the entire student community.

Guides and Reports

Inclusion and Abilities Guide – Massachusetts Safe Routes to School

Engaging Students with Disabilities in Safe Routes to School (2021)

Effectively Planning and Implementing SRTS for Students with Disabilities (2010)

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities (2020)

Pursuing Equity in Bike and Pedestrian Planning (2016)

News and Other Publications

Adapted bikes open up roads and pathways to children with a range of abilities

Adaptive Riding in Colorado

For Kids With Disabilities, The Fun Has Just Begun

Seattle Public Schools and Cascade Bicycle Club, resuming the country’s largest bicycling education program