The term physical disability is used when the body works differently, making it more difficult to do the activities you would like to do:
- A body part may be different or missing
- Moving around is different or impaired
- A condition or event causes the body to change.
WHAT CAUSES A PHYSICAL DISABILITY
Physical disability may be due to:
- Physical differences from birth
- Differences in mobility due to illness or disease.
WHAT SUPPORT IS HELPFUL FOR DISABILITY
The social model of disability tells us that it is not a person’s impairments that are disabling, rather that society is disabling the person. That the world wasn’t designed for people with disability, which is why things can be harder.
The support a person with physical disability may prefer varies greatly, based on their individual circumstances. A person with physical disability may:
- Benefit from the use of a mobility aid like a wheelchair, mobility scooter, frame or walker
- Utilise equipment to help daily living tasks, such as a hoist, reacher stick, lift chair
- Experience pain or fatigue
- Have modifications to make daily tasks easier
- Use support from others for tasks and activities.