Disability Info

Disability Information

About Disabilities

Disability Information

Please see below for more information on some of the most common disabilities.

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Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to any damage to the brain that occurred after birth. Common causes of ABI include accidents, …

Acquired Brain Injury

Angelman Syndrome

Angelmans Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder affecting approx. 1 in every 15,000 to 20,000 people. Angelmans Syndrome affects …

Angelman Syndrome

Asperges

Asperger syndrome was generally considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults …

Asperges

Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. In …

Autism

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy—also known as CP—is a condition caused by injury to the parts of the brain that control our ability to use our …

Cerebral Palsy

Chronic Disabilities

Many illnesses and health conditions can be classified under the broad heading of chronic disease. Chronic diseases are mostly …

Chronic Disabilities

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children.

Symptoms …

Cystic Fibrosis

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is the most common and readily identifiable chromosomal condition associated with intellectual disabilities. It is …

Down Syndrome

Dravets Syndrome

Dravet syndrome, also called severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI), is a severe form of epilepsy. It appears during the …

Dravets Syndrome

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a tendency to have recurring seizures. There are many different types of seizures but they are always due to …

Epilepsy

Hearing Impairment

Hearing is one of our five senses. Hearing gives us access to sounds in the world around us—people’s voices, their words, a car …

Hearing Impairment

Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as …

Intellectual Disability

Juvenile Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (or diabetes mellitus) is a life-long autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed …

Juvenile Diabetes

Kids without Diagnosis

A diagnosis is an important piece of the puzzle we are trying to solve when we try to help kids with disabilities learn how to …

Kids without Diagnosis

Language Development

There are many kinds of speech and language disorders that can affect children. In this fact sheet, we’ll talk about four major …

Language Development

Learning Difficulties

Learning disability is a general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disability can cause a …

Learning Difficulties

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease, which affects the central nervous system. The nerve fibres, which make up our …

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is the name given to a group of neuromuscular disorders that cause progressive and irreversible weakness and …

Muscular Dystrophy

Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a lifelong condition. A great deal of research is being done, but to date there is no cure. No …

Prader-Willi Syndrome

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation (pain, heat and swelling) of the lining, or …

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Small Person Statue

Dwarfism is a term applied broadly to a number of conditions resulting in unusually short stature. While dwarfism is sometimes …

Small Person Statue

Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida means cleft spine, which is an incomplete closure in the spinal column. In general, the three types of spina bifida …

Spina Bifida

Tourettes Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder, which most often begins between the ages of 2 and 21, and lasts throughout …

Tourettes Syndrome

Vision Impairment

The terms partially sighted, low vision, legally blind, and totally blind are used in the educational context to describe …

Vision Impairment