A physical impairment is defined as a dysfunction of the musculoskeletal and/or neurological body systems, which affects the functional ability of a student to move or coordinate movement.
Verification for the EAP disability category of Physical Impairment is based on two criteria.
Criterion 1: Diagnosis of the musculoskeletal and/or neurological dysfunction affecting the ability of a student to move or coordinate movement.
Criterion 2: Information provided by the school on the activity limitations and participation restrictions of the diagnosed condition in at least two of the domains of gross mobility, fine mobility, self-care and communication. Information on gross mobility or fine mobility must be at least one of the domains.
There is a broad continuum of physical impairment and resulting implications for students. Some students may have a relatively mild disability with minimal effect on their educational access, participation and achievements, while others may experience more significant challenges. Any particular condition may vary in severity.
Adjustments may be required in curriculum planning, teaching, learning and assessment provisions to ensure student access, participation and achievement within the P-12 Curriculum Framework.
Where a physical impairment significantly impacts on a student's education program, the educational support team may plan for individual education needs relating to academic engagement, communication, physical, social and/or emotional needs.
Further information relating to Department of Education and Training's criteria for verification of Physical Impairment is available on the EAP Verification website.
The Department of Education and Training - Student Services website provides more information relating to Physical Impairment.