Physical Disabilities Overview

Defining Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual with a disability is a person who: Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more…

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Assistive Technologies

Chronic, Acquired, and Congenital Disabilities There are a multitude of assistive devices used by individuals with physical disabilities. Some common terminology includes: Electronic Aid of Daily Living (EADL) gives independence…

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Identification and Diagnosis

AllergiesAllergies are an abnormally high immunologic sensitivity to certain stimuli such as drugs, foods, environmental irritants, microorganisms, or physical conditions, such as temperature extremes. Make sure any allergies are known…

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Classroom Challenges

The methods, materials and strategies that are currently used in the ABE classroom generally work well for students with disabilities. These include: Basic Physical Access Classrooms and bathrooms that will…

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ELL Applications

Source: Guidelines for Special Education Evaluation and Services for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Division of Special Education, Children, Families & Learning, Revised 2000.   Adapted for ABE by Linda Strand…

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Interview Questions

It is important to ask adult students if they wish to share information concerning any disability that might affect their learning. ABE staff would be unable to identify students who…

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Instructional Strategies

It is important that teachers have the same expectations of learning for all students, regardless of any disabilities. Encourage students with disabilities to be as independent as possible. The following…

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Student Case Histories

The names in these stories have been changed. Jan Jan was a student with a severe physical disability due to Cerebral Palsy. She wanted to learn to read. She loved…

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Resources

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Offers support to Minnesotans affected by brain injury through: Advocacy and public policy Resource facilitation services which provide information and connection to resources - interpreter services…

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