Physical and Health Disabilities
Mark Goldstein SPED 301
Disabilities defined by the Government
Health Disability: Having limited strength, vitality, or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment that is due to chronic or acute health problems and adversely affects a child's educational performance.
Characteristics of these disabilities
Health: The health impairment must result in limited strength, vitality, or alertness, must be due to chronic or acute health problems, and must affect educational performance adversely. There are two categories: Chronic Illnesses and Infectious Diseases.
Major Characteristics causing Learning Interference
Health: According to www.disabilityrightswi.org, the major cause of learning interference is being unable to participate in the school related activity (i.e. being absent from school).
Appropriate data based classroom accommodations
Instructional Accommodations: Extended time, abbreviated assignments, flexible due dates, note takers.
Testing Accommodations: Read items to the student, read or simplify directions, provide alternative settings for test-taking.
Instructional Technology: Use distance education, Skype or teleconference important lectures and class discussion.
Having a single level home or apartment on the first floor.
Having a handicapped parking sticker for the car so there is ease of travel.
This website is a forum (social mentoring) that allows people suffering from spinal impairments to post their feelings and ideas to other fellow sufferers.
This website has many features, but one is that there is a service known as Infocomm Accessibility Centre which is a class that teaches children with disabilities to use technology in order to complete daily tasks on the computer.
This website explains how the telephone app "icomm" works for toddlers that have difficulty talking.