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Physical disability is characterized by auditory, visual, language or motor impairment. It can be from birth or appear at any moment during lifetime. This disability, significant and permanent, impedes daily activities or execution of the social roles.
Source : Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
Definition of types of impairment
Hearing impairment, or hearing loss, is a dysfunction of the auditory system. There are many causes of hearing impairment, both congenital and non-congenital.
Language impairment is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the capacity to understand or transmit verbal messages, regardless of whether these are presented orally or in writing.
Motor impairment refers mainly to a neurological or musculoskeletal anomaly that causes loss of mobility in the limbs, upper body or head.
Source : OPHQ
As many needs as people with physical disabilities
People with physical disabilities have needs that vary depending on factors such as age, sex, level of autonomy, environment, or other disorders or illnesses.
Montréal’s five Centres intégrés universitaires de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) provide a range of specific and specialized rehabilitation services to persons living with physical disabilities and their families, as needed.
The services are intended
- develop and maintain functional autonomy;
- compensate disabilities;
- sustain individuals’ full social participation.
When to Consult
Protection and prevention
Help and Resources
Access Guichet DI-TSA-DP
The ID-ASD-PD Access Desk receives and processes applications for CLSC services and rehabilitation services for clients with intellectual disabilities (ID), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or physical disabilities (PD).
For more information or services request, visit :
Ressources and useful links
Note : Montréal CIUSSS are not responsible for the services or activities provided by these organizations.
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Dernière mise à jour le : 2018.04.19