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The Meaning of Disability
Reference: Disability Rights Commission - Code of Practice for Schools
When is a person disabled?
A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
What are 'normal day-to-day activities?
Normal day-to-day activities are those which are carried out by most people on a fairly regular and frequent basis.
The term is not intended to include activities which are normal only for a particular person or group of people, such as playing a musical instrument or a sport to a professional standard or performing a skilled or specialist task related, for example, to a particular academic discipline, education or training course.
However, someone who is affected in such a specialised way would be covered by this part of the definition.
The test of whether an impairment affects normal day-to-day activities is whether it affects one of the broad categories of capacity listed in Schedule 1 to the Act. They are:
- manual dexterity
- physical co-ordination
- ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects
- eyesight (though not shortsightedness)
- memory or ability to concentrate, learn or understand
- perception of the risk of physical danger