Physical Disabilities

Jordan Spellman

Physical Disability pertains to total or partial loss of a person's bodily functions, such as walking, arthritis, upper limbs, multiple-sclerosis, and gross motor skills.

A person with a physical disability could have had it starting at birth or be acquired later in life. It is common for a person to have multiple disabilities. Treatment could be given when in fact a person doesn't have a disability. A disability may be more or less severe in its impact.

  1. Physical disability is defined as when a person's physical functioning, mobility,  dexterity, or stamina is limited.
  2.   People with physical disability make up the largest minority group in the US.
  3. In the US about 74.6 million people have some type of physical disability.
  4. Students with disabilities have lower rates of participation in afterschool activities.
  5. Of today's 20 year-olds just over 1 in 4 will become disables before they retire.
  6.   17.6% of people with a disability were employed in the US in 2013.             
  7. 41% of people with arthritis are forced to limit their physical activity, making ir the leading cause of disability in the US.
  8. 27 million women have disabilities in the US.
  9. Both African Americans and American Indian/Alaska Natives have the highest rate of disability among racial minorities .
  10. In the US 25.6% of people with a disability are physically inactive during the week, compared to 12.8% of those with out a disability.
  11. Assistive technology is vital to more than a third of people with disabilities being able to take care of themselves at home.

DISABILTIY PRACTITIONERS (Disabiltiy Liaison Officer, Disabiltiy Advisor, Integration Corrdinator, Teacher Condultant)

  • Assist students to identify the implication of their disability for study and assessment
  • Documenting adjustments and services required in the form of a Learning Access Plan
  • Providing information to students and staff about available support services, assistive technology, learning strategies accommodations and adjustments
  • Managing interpreting and notetaking services
  • Providing disability education, training and awareness for staff
  • Assisting the institution in the development and implementation of action plans, policies and procedures to ensure disability services are main-streamed
  • Assisting in balancing the rights of individual students and the interest of the institution


Teachers create an inclusive environment in order to maximize learning for the different characteristics such as, abilities, cultural backgrounds, learning styles.


       Oscar was a normal kid living a normal life until, he was riding his bike and was hit by a car.  The accident left him paralyzed.  He was unable to speak, write or walk so his education style had to change. Oscar must have a helper with him at all times to assist him. His accident has not given him special treatment.  He does all the assignments all the other kids do, and also participates in class.  He uses a large white board that his helper writes on for him. The helper reads his lips and writes it down for him. He is very intelligent and his accident hasn't changed that.

Teaching Strategies

  1. Provide the proper tools for my students use. For example, white boards, high tables, and technology.
  2. I will have great communication skills with the student, parents, and the students helper if they have one.
  3. I will treat the student with respect and have high standards for them in my classroom. They will have the same assignments as all other student. It will just be adjusted to their needs.

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