Definition of Disability


The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as having a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities.

In an educational setting the term disability refers to any impairment that has lasted or is likely to last for more than 12 months and which has a significant and sustained impact on an individuals’ ability to access and perform on an academic course. Normal day to day activities are taken to include everything from reading and writing to attending taught sessions.

We offer support to all students with a diagnosed disability, this could include any of the following disabilities:

  • Blind or Visual Impairment
  • Deaf or Hearing Impairment
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Mental Ill Health
  • Specific Learning Difficulties, such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD
  • Asperger’s Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Medical Conditions, such as Diabetes, Epilepsy, Cancer, HIV, Arthritis, Asthma and a number of other conditions.