Physical Disabilities Discussion Board


When a person's physical functioning, mobility, dexterity, or stamina in limited.

Physical disability examples:



*Cerebral palsy

*Upper limbs


*Muscular dystrophy

*Acquired spinal injury

*Post-polio syndrome

* Spina bifida


People with physical disability make up the largest minority group of the US (74.6 million) and 27 million women have disabilities in the US.

17.6% were employed in the US in 2013, 25.6% are physically inactive during the week compared to 12.8% of those without a disability.

A third of people with disabilities need assistive technology to be able to take care of themselves at home.

African-Americans and American Indian/ Alaska Natives have the highest rate of disability (24.3% for each group)


  • People with physical disability can lead to rich and fulfilling lives. Society cause more hindrance.
  • People with a physical disability have the same rights as those who don't.
  • People with a physical disability are not a burden on the community.
  • People with a physical disability are human beings who deserve dignity and respect not pity or charity.


  • Encourage communication between students to prevent isolation.
  • Students may have a low self-image, therefore it is important to ensure that the student feels included and is encouraged and praised.
  • Encourage independence.
  • Use computers and audio-visual aids to enhance the students learning.

Comment Stream

a year ago

Hi; I'm a student in a Master of Arts in Teaching program and I am supposed to interview a parent of a child with a special need for the program and ask about the child's school experiences. If anyone is willing, please type detailed responses to the following interview questions, and send an e-mail to with the title, "Interview." Sending an e-mail signifies your giving of permission to use the transcript for my course. Thanks in advance!

Part 1: Demographics Name of person you are interviewing: Name of individual with the disability: Describe the disability: Age of the individual with the disability: Describe the relationship between the family member and the individual with the disability:

Part 2: Questionnaire Interview 1. How did you learn that _________ has a disability? (Who was present? When did this happen?) If you were giving advice to professionals who need to explain to a parent that his/her child has a special need, what would that advice be? 2. How did you feel when you received the diagnosis? 3. Have your feelings changed since the initial diagnosis? Describe. 4. What have been the positive aspects of having a child in the family with a disability? 5. What have been the problems or challenges you have experienced having a child with a disability? 6. How did your other children react to learning their brother/sister had a disability? What impact has __________ had on them? (if appropriate) 7. What kinds of support have been most helpful to you (family members, parent groups, neighbors, other)? How would you prioritize your family needs and the areas in which you feel that you need more assistance? 8. What have been your experiences in working with school personnel? What have they done that has been most helpful? What have they done that was least helpful or even harmful? 9. How could the school help your child transition to adulthood? 10. If I were to be __________’s teacher next year, what advice would you want to give me so that he/she has an optimal learning experience? 11. What would you want me to do/not do in terms of my interactions with you if I were __________’s teacher? 12. I am just learning about students with disabilities and how to work effectively with them in my classroom. What other information would you like me—and my classmates—to know about working with children with special needs?