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Physical disabilities

Physical disability refers to all types of physical disability and they can be hidden, mild or profound. The resources on this page are to help you support learners with physical disability to achieve their ambitions.

pdnet Standards

Learners with physical disabilities have individual needs to ensure they can access and engage with learning. To help those working with young people with physical disabilities, pdnet have produced a set of standards for those working in post-16 education.

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This resource provides tools to evaluate your current provision and to support developing an action plan for continual improvement

What you need to know about supporting learners with physical disabilities

pdnet Twitter clinic

We are delighted that the first pdnet twitter clinic supporting learners with physical disabilities will be taking place this Wednesday 3rd March at 4:30pm. Please follow the hashtag #Post16SEND. #SENDinFE @E_T_Foundation

pdnet held a What you need to know about supporting learners with physical disabilities in the FE sector webinar and produced an online resource to help you to increase your knowledge and understanding of physical disability, its impact and a range of strategies to successfully support learners with physical disabilities, whether in a mainstream, specialist or work place setting so they can take greater ownership of their own learning. The webinar and the online resource can be accessed through the ETF's online booking system.

For an introduction to the resource, watch the video below (transcript is available on YouTube)

Professional development

The ETF offers courses to help you support learners with physical disabilities, and profound and multiple learning disabilities to achieve their full potential.

Quick links

Disability Rights UK - adjustments for disabled students factsheet.

pdnet  - a national network that provides professionals in education with support in promoting positive outcomes for young people with physical disability.

RNIB Bookshare - RNIB Bookshare supports learners with a print disability to access the curriculum. They provide accessible textbooks and resources for sight loss, dyslexia ,dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical disabilities. The service is free to UK education organisations.

Related Resources

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PDnet Standards for supporting young people with physical disability