Physical & Health Disabilities

Ben Snyder | SPED 301 | Dr. Holman

Definitions

Physical Disabilities: A severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child's educational performance. Requirements: The condition must be severe and have a negative effect on educational performance. Students may need accommodations such as wheelchairs, prosthetic libs or crutches.


Health Disabilities: A condition that results in limited strength, vitality or alertness. This can include a heightened alertness to environmental timely that results in limited alertness to the educational environment.

Description:Prevalence Rate, Accommodations & Interferences

Prevalence Rate


  • 11% of students in the U.S receive disability support services
  • 0.09% of these are Physical Disabilities
  • 1.38% of these are Health Disabilities


Home Accommodations

  • Housing with necessities on one floor to make travel a more simple process
  • Collaborate with school teachers to provide technology in the home that can assist with learning and retention of classroom information.
  • Create a positive atmosphere that encourages learning and improvement.


Interferences

  • Pending on the severity of the disability, students may be unable to take notes or consistently attend classes.
  • Students may be required to miss class to administer medicine or obtain some form of treatment
  • Mobility may be limited, lowering the amount of activities a student can participate in.

Examples of Disability

Physical
  • Scoliosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Amputations
  • Fractures
  • Burns

Health

  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • HIV
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Leukemia
  • Hemopihlia

Online Resources (Application & Website)

Application (http://www.talkitt.com)


  • The talkit app allows people with speaking disorders to directly talk a device to obtain an immediate translation. The app works in every language!

Website 1 (http://web.jhu.edu/disabilities/faculty/guidelines.html)



  • The Johns Hopkins website is the ideal place for anyone looking to learn the basics of teaching someone with a disability. It is a knowledgeable community that is very well versed in the educational field.

Website 2 (http://www.accessiblecampus.ca/educators/teaching-tips/physical-disabilities/)



  • Accessible campus is a website that addresses the need for disability-friendly learning areas, perfect for a school staff that wants to upgrade their campus!

References

Teaching Students With Disabilities. (2011, September 1). Retrieved November 25, 2015, from http://www.dsp.berkeley.edu/teachstudentswithdisab


Meeting the Needs of Students with Physical Disabilities. (1996). Retrieved November 27, 2015, from http://www.nsnet.org/start/physical.pdf


Adjustments For Students With a Physical Impairment. (2015). Retrieved November 25, 2015. from http://education.qld.gov.au/staff/learning/diversity/educational/pi.html