Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day to day activities. People with a severe disfigurement are also protected by the act, without needing to show that it has a substantial adverse effect on day to day activities.

Information and consultation

The Dorset Equalities Partnership has commissioned various disability groups to write fact sheets on the different aspects of disability:

Further information is also available:

Disability Etiquette Guide - A practical and easy to use Tool Kit to help confidently and competently involve and interact with service users (older and disabled people, and people with long term health conditions) and their carers.

For more information on disability see:

Disability reports

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