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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

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.

Raising awareness of physical disability

Raising awareness of physical disability is a set of free online training modules, created by pdnet, for anyone working within an educational setting who needs to develop their awareness and understanding of physical disability and the impact it can have on learning. Each module is approximately one hour in length and uses scenario based learning to help users to understand the barriers or challenges that can be faced by young people with physical disability and the steps that can be taken to overcome these. You will need to register to access the training modules and a cerificate is available on completion.

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