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Centre for Accessibility Services

Mobility and physical impairments

The Centre for Accessibility Services at UFV offers support to students with mobility issues such as soft tissue injury, traumatic and acquired brain injury and arthritis. Follow the section links below to learn more about each of the physical impairments including definition of the disorder as well as faculty and student tips for managing a disability. 

Soft tissue injury

A soft tissue injury occurs as a result of a sudden tear or overuse to muscles, tendons or ligaments. Common types of soft tissue injury are back strain, ankle strain, torn ligaments, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendinitis. Symptoms include stiffness, reduced mobility and swelling. Read more

Traumatic and acquired brain injury

An acquired brain injury can be caused by non-traumatic or traumatic injury. A traumatic brain injury is correlated to external impact such as a hit or jolt whereas a non-traumatic injury results from a substance that impacts the brain tissue. People with acquired brain injury can experience physical, cognitive and emotional/behavioral symptoms. Read more


Arthritis is another name given to joint pain and the most common forms are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing away of cartilage between joints, allowing bones to rub together. Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis occurs when the immune system wrongfully attacks joints with inflammation. Symptoms include joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Read more

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