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Physical Disabilities

Whatever physical challenges you face, we are here to support you to make genuine progress towards achieving your goals.

Blackpool and The Fylde College strives to be a genuinely inclusive learning organisation where staff and students are treated with respect and dignity, and everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Our approach to disability equality recognises and responds to the needs of all the communities we serve. We respect individual differences and value and celebrate the diversity within our community.


What is a physical disability?

A physical disability limits the physical function of one or more limbs and/or total or partial loss of a part of the body. In general a physical disability has long-term effects, but can also be temporary, following an accident or illness.

A person may be born with a physical disability or acquire it later in life. It can be limiting on a person’s physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina. Some examples of physical disabilities include cerebral palsy, arthritis, amputation, muscular dystrophy and spinal cord injury.

People with a physical disability may have difficulties with:

  • Walking
  • Gross motor skills
  • Managing stairs
  • Accessing equipment without adaptation
  • Personal care


How we support students with a physical disability 

We are dedicated to providing tailored support that meets the needs of each student. We can offer support for a variety of needs including:

  • Accessing areas of the College
  • Note-taking
  • Adapting materials
  • Feeding and obtaining food and drink
  • The loan of equipment to assist with studying eg laptop, dictaphone
  • The College also has three Clos-o-Mat toilets to assist with personal care and a team of support staff who are hoist trained


More generally, we offer the following support for all students with additional needs:

  • Individual and/or group specialist support sessions
  • Liaison with tutors and raising awareness about students' needs
  • Exam access arrangements, eg extra time, reader/scribe and assistive technology
  • Support with applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
  • Development of strategies for improving social and communication skills
  • Library book loan extensions by special arrangement


Disabled Access Guide

Information about accessibility at all of our campuses can be found at AccessAble.


Contact us

For more information, contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team:

Call: 01253 504356

Local Offers

Local Offers provide access to organisations and services that support or provide information, advice and activities for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their families.