Est. time: 21 min

The passage of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act or EHA (now known as the IDEA) has ensured more physically and medically-fragile students are being served in our schools. The inclusion of fragile students in schools has presented many challenges, however, because many require lifting and transferring a student and equipment from one place to another. The lifting and transferring of students may be easy when children are babies, but many students are large, with substantial weight, and are fragile. Without the assistance of lifting devices and proper body positioning and conditioning, the risks for injury of the student and caregiver increase. This tutorial has as its main purpose to provide information and instruction in safe lifting and transferring of students with special needs.