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Physical Impairment

This page houses the current legal definition of physical impairment according to Massachusetts special education law.

This page provides a variety of strategies for teachers to assist them in meeting the needs of the greatest number of learners. Suggestions are offered specifically for different settings or school activities, such as exams or field trips, as well as for different points during the school year (before the class starts, the first few days, while in session, etc.).

This resource provides an overview of common types of physical disabilities with myths about each of them. The information is presented in a beginner-friendly format with easy-to-digest descriptions of their physical characteristics, causes, and signs and symptoms to look out for.

This resource provides an overview of cerebral palsy, the types and causes, and treatment options and organizations. This is a great place to start for parents starting their information gathering or teachers looking to understand their students’ needs.

This page lists a variety of difficulties students with physical impairments may experience in the classroom, along with an appropriate accommodation. This resource comes from a team of postsecondary institutions based in Canada, so its recommendations are geared towards older students and the professional language may be a bit difficult. Older students and their families can use these suggestions when advocating for accommodations in the classroom, and teachers can use the suggestions for how to develop a classroom environment meeting all students’ needs.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s website offers information regarding the disorder, treatment options, and current research. Its Compass service helps individuals living with cystic fibrosis and their families navigate insurance options, find financial resources, and tackle other life issues. Parents and families can learn more at

This page was last updated on: 07/02/2021
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