Table 11. Percent of Disabled and Nondisabled that Need Specialized Assistance or Equipment to Travel Outside the Home by Type of Assistance Needed

Table 11. Percent of Disabled and Nondisabled that Need Specialized Assistance or Equipment to Travel Outside the Home by Type of Assistance Needed

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Specialized equipment or assistance Disability status
Disabled Nondisabled
Percent Standard Error Percent Standard Error
Assistance from person while inside the home 16.22 1.87 1.70 1.45
Assistance from person while outside the home 33.07 2.95 1.58 1.53
Interpreter 0.37 0.26 0.00  
Professional care rehab or counseling 1.29 0.52 0.00  
Service animal 0.21 0.21 0.00  
Manual wheelchair 21.85 2.35 1.83 1.49
Electric scooter or wheelchair 10.47 1.63 0.83 0.88
Cane, crutches, or walker 48.42 3.41 13.87 8.22
Leg, arm, backbrace 4.44 1.13 0.00  
Prosthetic device 1.83 0.62 0.40 0.41
Automotive adaptive aid 4.20 0.85 56.63 17.69
Public transportation aid 5.41 1.41 0.00  
Hearing aid 3.28 1.02 0.00  
Magnifiers or high-powered glasses 2.42 0.86 0.00  
Oxygen 7.82 1.55 3.28 2.09
Medication 2.38 0.75 2.91 3.12
Other 3.00 0.73 1.05 1.11
Home modifications 1.01 0.43 0.00  
Other medical equipment 6.83 2.52 19.36 18.90

NOTES: This table contains the weighted percent or weighted mean and the standard error. Cells with a small sample size (

Some of the nondisabled who require specialized assistance such as motorized wheelchairs or automotive adaptive aids may not meet the Census definition of disability. For example, individuals of short stature sometimes require the use of pedal extenders to drive a motor vehicle yet are not considered to be disabled.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2002 National Transportation Availability and Use Survey