Physical Disabilities Teacher Resources

Whether you are adapting games and activities for youngsters with physical disabilities, or exploring differences and acceptance as a class, you'll find plenty of resources to get you started.
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Capture the Treasure

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Did you ever play capture the flag? I did, and it was so much fun! Your learners with special needs, physical handicaps, or visual impairments can play a classic and highly engaging game with a few minor adaptations. The best part is,...
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How To: Drive with a Physical Disability

For Students 9th - 12th
If you have learners who are interested in adapted driving or wanting more information on the type of accommodations they will need, this is definitely a great place to start. Mary Allison discusses different types of hand controls, tips...
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Engineers Love Pizza, Too!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Help overcome challenges in eating pizza. Scholars work in groups to design a device that assists a physically handicapped person eat pizza. They build a prototype of such a device to test their designs before building. To finish, groups...
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On the Court with...Michael Jordan

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students use a decision-making model as they make simulated choices about their future education. In this decision-making lesson, students read a book about Michael Jordan and discuss choices he made. Then, students examine how their...
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Physical Disabilities/Chronic Health Impairments Instructional Support Planning Process

For Teachers K - 12th
Perfect for review at an IEP meeting, this template walks the user through assessing and assigning modifications for a learner's physical disability. Strengths and needs are determined across five domains: physical functioning,...
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Modified Disc Golf

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Here is a great set of adaptations and modifications that will make your next game of disc golf accessible to all your pupils. Listed are several variations and ways you can modify the game for your learners with physical or visual...
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Modified Golf

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Golf is a popular game that is enjoyed around the world. Invite your pupils with visual impairments or blindness to putt a few balls or make a hole in one. This lesson provides several very good suggestions as to how you can teach an...
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Rolling Along

For Teachers 1st - 12th
I cannot stress enough how important orientation and mobility training is for learners with visual impairments. To practice maintaining their balance, as well as work on building the confidence to participate in recreational sports,...
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Modified T-Ball

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Baseball can be so entertaining! Here are a few great ideas you can use to get your learners with visual impairments out on the old ball field. A sound-enhanced pitching device or T-ball stand is used to alert players when it's time to...
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Placemats on Trays

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Maybe the idea of putting placemats on trays doesn't sound that great, but it is, especially if you have a physical disability or are visually impaired. This task is one that can be used in a vocational setting and helps develop skills...
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Youth Helping to Elevate Awareness

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read a book whose main character has a physical disability, and complete various related activities. They listen to a guest speaker, simulate experiences at school as a disabled individual through the use of wheelchairs,...
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Mini Goalball Battleship

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Here is a game that can be played by both sighted and unsighted children. Floor mats, blindfolds, and bowling pins are used to create a real-life battleship game where each team attempts to knock down the other team's pins. 
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Warm-Up Exercise with Hula Hoop

For Teachers 1st - 8th
To improve mobility, social skill development, and the concept of position, learners with physical disabilities work together to raise and lower a hula hoop over their heads. The activity is short and intended to be used as a warm-up.
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Tug of War

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Don't be fooled by how short this lesson is; it contains a good idea for adaptive PE. The activity is intended to help learners with visual impairments increase motor skills, muscle strength, and mobility. Two kids play a game of tug of...
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High Stepping

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Learners who are blind or have visual impairments learn to take high steps in order to improve their balance and mobility. They start by marching in place, and then march around the room. Finally, they attempt to step over a towel as...
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Adaptive Sports and Recreational Games

For Teachers 5th - 12th
It's truly amazing how people with physical disabilities are able to find ways to overcome their impairments. Their tremendous perseverance is evident in this handout that describes the ways different sports, ranging from bowling...
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8th Grade Special Needs P.E. Project

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders without a disability are encouraged to gain a new perspective about what it is like to have a physical disability. They experience various examples (blindfolding, soundproof ear protection, wheelchair, etc.) to begin to...
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The Trumpet of the Swan

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the human body by analyzing fictional characters. In this physical disability lesson, 4th graders define a list of physical vocabulary terms used in the story The Trumpet of the Swan. Students read the story with...
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Physical Differences

For Teachers K
Students role play what it would be like to have a physical disability. In this lesson on acceptance, students listen to the book A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan. As a class, the students discuss similarities and differences in...
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Me Before You

For Students 9th - 12th
Often readers have trouble keeping track of key events in novels. A thorough crossword puzzle refreshes readers' memories regarding key details in the novel Me Before You. Creative clues encourage further review of the text.
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Studying Florida's Constitution: State's Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the basic rights in their state's constitution. They vote on a class issue, analyze how an amendment is passed, develop a flow chart to demonstrate the steps, and write and illustrate a booklet about their basic rights.
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Introducing "Number the Stars"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Prepare your class to read Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, with these prereading activities. This resource lists three ideas to ready your readers. Learners explore the historical context, connect to the book, and preview the book....
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The Amazing Maud Lewis

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Students investigate cultural art from Canada by reading about Maud Lewis.  In this Canadian history lesson, students identify the work of Lewis by visiting her magazine website.  Students identify other heroes in Nova Scotia before...
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Food Chain: what's for dinner?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify where foods came from and sequence a food chain.  In this food chain lesson, 4th graders define vocabulary related to food chains and order a food chain. Students follow the energy of a food chain. Students...