Full inclusion and participation of all people with disabilities will be very important, as the US Access Board Webinars have emphasized. Increasing numbers of people are developing electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS) resulting in debilitating reactions to extremely low levels of electromagnetic fields emitted by computers, cell phones, and other electrical equipment. Many of those suffering from this condition have an inability to use a cell phone and other wireless devices. People with more severe cases can no longer tolerate wireless exposures found in most grocery stores, doctors' offices and hospitals. A recent 4-day medical conference on this disability reported that 3% of the population has this condition and another 40% are developing it. Severe disability and homelessness often result when wireless infrastructure is placed on or near a vulnerable or disabled person's home or workplace. Children, seniors and those with chronic illnesses are most vulnerable.
Some of the mechanisms of harm include oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial damage.