Physical disabilities may include a variety of neurological or musculo-skeletal impairments such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, arthritis or scoliosis. Severe, chronic illnesses include asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, leukemia, sickle-cell anemia and hemophilia.
Physically challenged students are the fastest growing population of children receiving special education services. It is essential that classroom teachers and special education professionals must form a team to effectively serve this growing population. The following suggestions provide teachers with some immediate assistance necessary for the day-to-day, successful integration of students with physical difficulties.