Specialized housing and transportation needs of adults with multiple sclerosis

Richard T. Roessler, Malachy Bishop, Phillip D. Rumrill, Kathleen Sheppard-Jones, Brittany Waletich, Veronica Umeasiegbu, Lisa Bishop

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This study evaluated the specialized housing, transportation, and resource needs and barriers of adults with MS. Information pertaining to barriers and barrier removal strategies related to housing and transportation issues for adults with MS was gathered as part of a national survey of a randomly selected and representative sample of 5082 adults with MS, in cooperation with affiliate chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS). This article presents a qualitative analysis of participants' responses to questions addressing: (a) barriers to obtaining specialized housing and adapted transportation for individuals with MS, (b) factors contributing to maintenance of an independent lifestyle, and (c) information and referral resources pertinent to obtaining specialized housing and adapted transportation. The results provide the first assessment of these issues on a national scale and underscore the need for increased access to professional consultation, financial resources, and housing modification information and resources to enable persons with MS to obtain the specialized housing needed to maintain maximal independent lifestyles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-235
Number of pages13
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • chronic illness
  • home modifications
  • Independent lifestyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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