Disabilities

WHAT ARE DISABILITIES?

Disability is an umbrella term, which health often refer to as impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. 

Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers (World Health Organisation, 2019).

The Code shares a definition of disability, which draws upon the Equality Act (2010). This explains that children have a disability if they present with ‘… a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’ (p. 135).  

At St Mark's we recognise barriers that make life harder for disabled people. Removing these barriers creates equality and offers disabled people more independence, choice and control (SCOPE, 2019).

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