Disability Services

Motorized Wheelchairs and Scooters Guidelines

Berea College is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities.  We make every effort to comply with Federal ADA guidelines while helping students in any way we can.  In addition to working with the Disability Services Coordinator, students should refer to the following guidelines:

  1. Always have a backup plan.  In the case of an emergency—such as battery failure or a flat tire—do you know who you would contact for help?  Keep emergency phone numbers with you, as well as your scooter/wheelchair’s make, model, serial number, and any warranty information you might have.  Make sure you inform the Disability Services Coordinator of your backup plan, so that Berea College can provide you with help if you need it.
  1. Know how to operate your vehicle in a safe manner.  Be aware of other students on walkways, and be aware of safe speeds on campus.
  1. Keep your scooter/wheelchair in good shape.  Here are some routine maintenance tips you should follow:
    • Charge battery nightly.  Avoid letting battery become discharged to below 30%.
    • Check tire pressure regularly, and check tires for cracks or wear.
    • Avoid letting the electrical components of the wheelchair or scooter get wet (either when cleaning or when out in wet weather)

You may want to keep a maintenance kit handy.  If you choose to do so, here is a suggested list of items to keep:

    • Tire pump and gauge
    • Lubricant (WD40)
    • Screw driver, pliers
    • Extra wheel in case of flat
    • Extra battery
    • Can of Fix-A-Flat

You should also have your scooter/wheelchair serviced once a year to keep it in good working condition.  Students are responsible for maintenance and repair charges for their personal wheelchairs and scooters.

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