Physical Disabilities

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Physical Disabilities

By | April 2007
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Having any kind of disability can be difficult to deal with, but imagine, not being able to walk independently, not being able to see the world thorough your own two eyes, not being able to hear the sounds of your family or the places around you. This is a physical disability. A physical disability can either be short term or long term. Some people may be born with one while others are simply caused by injury, illness, or accident. Some physical disabilities may improve over time and others can be treated through medication or physical therapy. It can be a huge challenge, having a disability; it can mean drastically changing the way you live or merely changing some aspects of your life.

Children and adults with physical disabilities have the same basic needs as other children and adults. There is a wide range of physical disabilities that one can have. These include those such as cerebral palsy, whose patients may have limited motor skills, speech difficulties, learning disabilities, or other problems. Muscular dystrophy, an inherited disorder of the muscles in which the muscles become very weak and are replaced with fatty deposits over time. Another is congenital heart problems, which is a malformation of the heart or blood vessels near the heart, this is a disability that you must be born with. Blindness, in which some cases are worse then others, weather you legally blind or completely lacking sight. Last are the deaf, who either wholly or partly lack the sense of hearing. Regardless of what disability a person has they still need ordinary things such as a good diet, as much regular physical activity as possible, and the appropriate amount of rest and sleep. But in order to function everyday and live life to the fullest some with physical disabilities may require specially adapted equipment such as a wheelchair, speech synthesizer, or a computer printer that produces Braille. (R. Turnbull et. Al, 2004) In other words, simply an environment that provides...