There are a range of conditions and diagnoses that are identified as a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
According to the Equality Act, a disability is any physical or mental impairment that has substantial and long-term negative effects on your ability to carry out normal daily activities. You may find that it is something that also affects your ability to complete your studies effectively.
A physical disability is the long-term loss or impairment of part of your body’s physical function. It can involve difficulties with mobility, manual dexterity, muscle control, speech, fits and seizures or chronic tiredness. A physical disability may be genetic or come about through illness or injury. A physical disability may be obvious, such as loss of a limb, or less obvious, for example, epilepsy.
The term ‘Visual Impairment’ refers to any condition or illness which affects a person’s eyesight. In the UK alone, there are around 2 million people living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted.
Hearing loss, also known as hearing impairment, is a partial or total inability to hear. It is estimated that there are more than 10 million (about 1 in 6) people in the UK with some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.
Other types of disability can include (but are not limited to):
- Visual impairment and blindness
- Hearing impairment and deafness
- Physical disabilities such as congenital conditions, long-term injuries caused by accidents, or progressive neuromuscular diseases
- Respiratory conditions
- Immunological conditions
- Neurological conditions and brain injuries
- Circulatory conditions
- Speech and language disabilities
- Learning disabilities or differences
- Mental health or psychiatric diagnoses and conditions
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
If you have been diagnosed with a disability or impairment, please consider coming to speak to an advisor at the Student Wellbeing Centre to explore any relevant support that may be available to you.
Student Wellbeing Drop-in Times:
- Monday – Friday between 12-2pm
- Thursday evenings (during term-time only) between 5-7pm