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What is disability

There are rules about what the law counts as a disability, when considering whether or not discrimination has taken place.

The law says that 'disability' means a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. There are special rules for people with cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis and for people who are blind or partially sighted.

According to this definition, impairments include sensory impairments, such as sight and hearing, or mental impairments such as learning disabilities, dyslexia and mental illness. Some severe disfigurements count as a disability. Some conditions that can worsen over time such as multiple scleroses and HIV/AIDS are regarded as a disability as soon as they are diagnosed, even before they start to affect your day-to-day activities

To have a long-term disability means that the disability:

  • Has lasted for at least twelve months; or
  • Is expected to last for at least twelve months; or
  • Is likely to last for the rest of your life, if you are expected to live for less than twelve months

An impairment will be treated as affecting your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities if it affects at least one of the following:

  • Mobility
  • Ability to use hands, for example, for writing or cooking
  • Physical co-ordination
  • Continence (the ability to control your bladder or bowels)
  • The ability to lift, carry or move ordinary objects
  • Speech, hearing or eyesight
  • Memory, or the ability to concentrate, learn or understand
  • Being able to recognise physical danger.


In some cases, even if medical aids or treatment are used to help control or remove a disability, it is still regarded as a disability. Examples of this include the use of an artificial limb or medication to control epilepsy. However, visual impairment corrected with glasses or contact lenses is not regarded as a disability.

Although a minor impairment may not, on its own, count as substantial, you may have a number of minor impairments which taken together may be seen as having a substantial effect. If an impairment stops having a substantial effect, it can still be regarded as an impairment if there is a reasonable likelihood of the condition recurring, for example, epilepsy.