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Disability and sensory impairment

The term ‘Physical Impairment’ refers to people who have one or more physical impairments.  These impairments may be congenital or acquired at any age, be temporary, long-term, or fluctuating.  People with physical impairments may often have unique & multi-dimensional requirements.  They therefore require tailored services to address them all in a person-centred holistic fashion.

The term ‘Sensory Impairment’ encompasses visual impairment (including blind and partially sighted), hearing impairment (including those who are profoundly deaf, deafened and hard of hearing) and dual sensory impairment (deafblindness).  Sensory impairments may, like physical impairments, be congenital or acquired at any age.  They are more prevalent with age as are additional sensory or other impairments.  Most sensory impairments develop gradually and are often secondary to other disabilities.

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