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Uses other special aid

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OTHERAID indicates whether the respondent or anyone in the respondent's family used "any other" kind of aid for getting around (mobility aid) that was not specifically mentioned in the inquiry. In 1969, 1977, 1979 and 1980, this question was asked of all persons. In 1990, this question was asked of respondents who did not refuse to complete the assistive devices supplement.


In all years this question is part of a series of questions on the use of special mobility aids. After asking about other mobility aids, interviewers asked, "Any OTHER aid for getting around?"

The items which would fall in the "other" category depended upon which aids were specifically asked about (for which there are unique variables). In 1969, 1977, and 1979, the aids asked about were: artificial arm; artificial leg; brace of any kind; crutches; cane or walking stick; wheel chair; walker. Guide dog was asked about in the latter two surveys. In 1980, special shoes were added to the list. In the 1990, special shoes were not mentioned, but scooter was included.


Apart from the changes in universe, the change in specific kinds of aids asked about in the different surveys somewhat hinders comparability. However, the questionnaire consistently asked about most of the aids over time.


  • 1969; 1977: All persons.
  • 1979-1980: All persons.
  • 1990: Persons who did not refuse to complete assistive devices supplement.


  • 1969, 1977, 1979-1980, 1990