Students with disabilities experience numerous challenges and risks, including from bullying and other forms of violence, lower overall physical activity and difficulties stemming from accessibility issues. They are also more prone to a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to chronic health issues. Students with physical disabilities are more likely to engage in risky behaviors than students without disabilities, and also demonstrate decreased protective factors. In 2015, 11.3% of New Mexico high school students had a physical disability or long-term illness.
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