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Realist?

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

School & College Guide

How will learning difficulties impact on school and college education? In this guide we take you through some of the key issues to be aware of during this important phase of development.

Disabilities A-Z

In this A-Z of disabilities we look at a range of disabilities and their characteristics in the context of educational and career progression.

Sue Austin: "When I lost my mobility I trained as a diver, which inspired me to make a film about scuba diving in a wheelchair". Take a few minutes to watch Sue's amazing and inspirational video about the experience.

 

Physical / Medical Disabilities

Physical disabilities are conditions that affect the physical body. They can be caused by anything from arthritis or amputation to spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spina bifida. Medical conditions such as cardiac or respiratory disease can also affect physical ability and mobility.

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. 

Those who use wheelchairs, calipers, crutches, canes or prostheses often find it difficult moving about the physical environment. Physical access to buildings themselves, or to particular rooms within buildings can be challenging.

In the work or college environment, time constraints such as those imposed by deadlines and timetables, can introduce added pressure in getting from A to B. Participation in activities with peers, or attendance at events can be hindered by low energy levels or fatigue.  

The Disabilities A-Z section includes physical and medical disabilities and their characteristics in the context of educational and career progression:

  • How does the disability impact learning skills and development?
  • How does the disability impede educational opportunity and progression?
  • What learning tips and strategies are there for students with this difficulty?
  • What supports are out there for students with this particular difficulty or disability?
  • How will it impact on career choice?

Each section additionally includes links to relevant resources and information.