Living with a Disability

Living with a Disability

People with a disability are often thought of as forming one group. However, every individual person faces different challenges and health conditions.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

These impairments include:

  • Physical Disabilities - e.g. Loss of limb(s)
  • Sensory impairments - e.g. Deaf, blind
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Mental Health problems - e.g. anxiety, depression
  • Long term Health Conditions - e.g.  Heart Disease, Multiple Sclerosis

With improved medical treatments and longer life expectancy, more people than ever are living with a disability as managing long-term health problems is easier. More than 11 million people in the United Kingdom are classed as disabled. 
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For more information on Living with a Disability, visit the NHS Choices website