Definition of disability
- If you or someone has a physical or mental impairment it means you have or someone else is disabled under the Equality Act 2010. This also includes the long term’ and ‘substantial’ negative impact on your or someone's ability to carry out normal daily activities.
- Different rules apply to recurring or fluctuating conditions, for example, arthritis.
What do ‘long term’ and ‘substantial’ mean?
- ‘Long term’ means a period of 12 months or longer, for example, a breathing illness that worsens to develop a lung infection.
- ‘Substantial’ is longer than small-time or trivial, for example, it takes a longer time for you or someone than it normally would carry out and complete daily tasks like getting dressed.