Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Debra Lindstrom

Second Advisor

Carla Chase

Third Advisor

Emily Kringle


Disability in the developing world encompasses 10% of the global population and much of that population requires the use of a mobility device in order to engage in meaningful occupation. The use and accessibility of mobility devices is shaped by the significance of the barriers surrounding mobility. This research looks comparatively at the factors affecting accessibility and the use of mobility devices in three developing countries; Ghana, Bangladesh, and Guatemala. Trends within literature revealed that economic, environmental, and cultural barriers all had an impact on accessibility. Overall, this study determines that accessibility solutions are not possible without removing barriers to the obtainment and functional use of mobility devices both in the home and community.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access