Physical Disabilities

Physical disabilities can be caused by anything from arthritis to amputation to spinal cord injury. People with physical disabilities are more likely to be challenged by the physical environment and/ or the attitudes and beliefs of society than by the disability itself.

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a result of injury to the largest part of the brain, the cerebrum. It is characterised by impaired muscular function.
  • Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive disease of the central nervous system characterised by decreased nerve function.
  • Muscular Dystrophy is a group of inherited disorders characterised by the deterioration and wasting of muscle fibres.
  • Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus can occur when one or more vertebrae in the spine fail to form properly in early pregnancy. When this happens, the nerves in the spine may be unprotected and this can lead to damage to the central nervous system.