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What is a Disability?

According to the Equality Act 2010, a disability is defined as 'a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.' We appreciate that not everybody who meets this definition will consider themselves to have a disability but you may still benefit from support that we can offer.

This includes many long term, progressive or fluctuating health conditions and specific learning differences such as:

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Asperger Syndrome.
  • Sensory difficulties such as visual/hearing impairments.
  • Long term illnesses/health conditions such as Epilepsy, Diabetes and HIV.
  • Mental health conditions such as Anxiety, Depression and OCD.
  • Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and AD(H)D.
  • Significant physical/mobility impairments.

If you think you may have a disability that is affecting your ability to study (regardless of whether or not you choose to label it as such), or are unsure of what support you could receive, you can contact us for advice.

Checked By DT - 02/03/2017