Disability Support for International Students

What is a Disability?

The UK Equality Act 2010

In the UK disability is identified by the Equality Act (2010). The Act applies to people who are disabled according to the definition of

disability below.

Definition of Disability

The Equality Act (2010) defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment, that has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The effect must be:

  • Substantial (that is more than minor or trivial) and
  • Long term (that is, has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months or for the rest of the life of the person affected) and
  • Adverse.