Physical Disabilities refer to the defects or diseases occurring to single or certain parts of one’s organs, muscle, bones, nervous system or cardio-pulmonary function, which lead to serious difficulties and limitations in one’s daily life.

Due to the dysfunction of certain parts of the body, students with physical disabilities often encounter various difficulties in their physical activities:

  • Students with defects or diseases in the organs, muscle or skeletal system may suffer from muscle weakness, joint inflammation, muscular atrophy or cyrtosis, resulting in disabilities to walk, sit down and stand up alone or use both hands, etc.;
  • Cardiopulmonary defects or diseases, which may be affected by respiratory problems or heart defects, can result in disability to do strenuous exercise, and at the same time a higher risk in getting infections;
  • Students with defects or diseases in nervous system may have problems such as incoordination, perceptual dysfunction and so on, which may result in disability of controlling their physical activities at their own will.
  • Unable to write or write slowly;
  • Need more time to get from one place to another;
  • Unable to stand, sit or walk for a long time;
  • Prone to estrangement and isolation from others because of their physical restrictions;
  • Prone to the feelings of frustration and inferiority because of their need of other people’s help, following a sense of cowardliness or excessive self-defense;
  • Causing increasing tension in their social interaction because of their certain physical disabilities which affect their appearances or postures, thus resulting in difficulties in their social and emotional adaptation.

How to Help Physically-Disabled Students