Centre for Accessibility Services

Neurological disorders

The Centre for Accessibility Services at UFV offers support to students with neurological disorders such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. Follow the section links below to learn more about each of the neurological disorders including definition of the disorder as well as faculty and student tips for managing these issues.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes a person to display persistent inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity. Conditions can interfere with the functioning and development of the brain and can affect a person's social, academic and professional life. Symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity include difficulty with specifics and becoming restless frequently. Read more

Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts a person's thinking, perception, attending, social skills and behavior. Challenges with social-emotional reciprocity and nonverbal communicative behaviors such as eye contact are characteristic of those affected with ASD. Read more

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is categorized as an unspecified neurodevelopmental disorder. Damage to the brain from birth to around age 3 may result in the onset of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can affect each individual in different ways; some symptoms include lack of coordination, speech impairment and abnormal perception. Read more

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of the nerves in the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. As such, multiple sclerosis can cause inflammation and nerve damage. Common characteristics of those affected with MS are dizziness, fatigue and sensory impairment. Read more

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is caused by a degeneration of the cells which produce dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a brain neurotransmitter that sends signals from one nerve cell to another, determining voluntary and involuntary movements. Loss of dopamine can also affect mood and thinking. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease are resting tremors and physical or emotional pain. Read more

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