Physical challenges

Going back to school

Physical challenges

Store things where you can easily get to them…

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…and make sure you can access the areas of the school you need to, eg by using the school lift.

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Visit the school to make sure you can get around. The Occupational Therapy department in the NSIC will help you.


  • Ask for two sets of books for each subject, one to keep at home and one for school. this will save you having to find ways to carry them around
  • Can textbooks be accessed via the internet?
  • Make sure the desks or tables are at the right height
  • Find out where the accessible toilet is and where you can keep a change of clothes in case of accidents
  • Store supplies you use often in a place you can easily get to
  • Ask how to use the school lifts and check you can operate them
  • Every school is required to have an emergency exit plan. Ask your teacher to go over what you should do in an emergency
  • Be ready to answer questions about your spinal cord injury
  • Find out what you will be doing in PE, Food Technology, Science and Design Technology
  • Consider how you are going to take part in swimming lessons. Look at the changing facilities , hoist and transport arrangements