Disability definition

People are considered to be disabled if they have a

  • Long-term health condition , such as arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, HIV;
  • Physical or sensory impairment;
  • Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia;
  • Mental health issue, such as depression.

This must have:

  • A substantial adverse impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal, day-to-day activities;
  • Lasted for at least 12 months, or be likely to last for 12 months or more.

People with cancer, HIV or multiple sclerosis are covered from the point of diagnosis.

People with facial disfigurements are included.

Many people considered “disabled” under the Equality Act 2010, do not use that term to describe themselves.

Rather than worrying too much about language, at Brookes we want to ensure that all members of staff can access the flexible working provisions, equipment and other support they may need to work effectively.

If you think that you are, or may be covered by the definition, please talk to your manager.

Guidance on the legal definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010 has been published by the Office for Disability Issues Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability.