Disability

Definition: The Disability Discrimination Acts (1995 and 2005) define a disabled person as 'someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'. Groups of people with disabilities include people with mental health issues, physical limitations and those with learning disabilities. The social model of disability starts from a different perspective. It is not concerned with how 'bad' a person's impairment is. Instead it establishes that everyone is equal and demonstrates that it is society which restricts their opportunities and erects barriers that prevent disabled people from participating fully.

Category: Adult Social Care

Credit: Department of Health

Source: Glossary of Adult Social Care Terms


Service descriptions mentioning the term Disability

Benefits & tax credits service - (Contact a Family)Service

Provide information and advice on benefits to the families of disabled children.
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Financial aid - (Behcet's Syndrome Society)Service

The Society will provide grants to help people who are in hardship because of Behçet's disease. To provide a grant, evidence of the amount needed must be provided. Examples of claims which might be funded include prepayment certificate for drugs, help with travel to hospital, household bills, help towards computer with reading aids/voice recognition if you are visually impaired, or aids/other equipment not available on the NHS to help if you are disabled.
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Family Fund grants - (Family Fund)Service

Provide grants to the families of disabled children and young people who meet certain criteria. The grants can be used for essential items such as washing machines, fridge-freezers, family breaks, clothing and bedding as well as contributions to hospital visiting costs. They also help with tablets, laptops and sensory toys.
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Family support workers - (The Eyeless Trust (merged with Royal Blind Society))Service

Family support workers spend time with each family according to their needs and ensure that they have all the services that they need in coming to terms with the emotional, financial and practical issues associated with having of a disabled child. Also help older children with independent living skills.
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Contact a Family support groups in Wales - (Contact a Family)Service

Groups provide parents of disabled children with essential practical and emotional support. Workshops and other events are organised.
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Disabled People Together forum - (Disabled People Together)Service

Ceredigion's first Digital Forum for disabled residents of Ceredigion. It allows people with impairments or long term health conditions to raise their concerns relating to all services provided within Ceredigion. Every quarter the forums will be used to create an Agenda of issues which will be taken to Ceredigion County Council and other public and third party bodies.
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Independent living support - (Cil de Gwynedd)Service

Provides support to encourage independent living for disabled people. Independent Support Officers provide support throughout the process, including recruitment, management, training and payroll setup. The Support Officers at CIL provide an ongoing support service once everything is set up.
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Independent Living Advice Line - (Disability Rights UK)Service

Provides advice on getting direct payments, including information on:individual budgets/personalisation; funding from social services in relation to the care needs of the disabled; the appeals process; general advice on employing personal assistants
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Eye Care Hub - (Seeability)Service

An on-line resource containing information on eye care for people with learning disabilities. It includes information in easy-read format, and also information for carers.
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Living made easy (website) - (Disabled Living Foundation (DLF))Service

'Living made easy' is an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living for disabled people. The site includes an 'Ask Sara' section which takes you through a series of questions to identify the type of help that you need.
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Work Choice - (Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind (MTIB))Service

If you have a disability or health condition that makes it difficult for you to find/keep employment, MTIB & Work Choice aim to help. Work Choice brings together the best elements of WORKSTEP and Work Preparation into a unified programme which will equip disabled people to move into, retain and progress in employment. The new programme is aimed specifically at those customers who, by reason of significant disability, cannot be helped into employment through JobCentre Plus mainstream programs.
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IT Training from UCanDoIT - (UCanDoIT)Service

IT training for disabled people, with the emphasis on internet and email skills. Training is given on a one to one basis in your own home and on your own computer. You arrange lesson times with your tutor - this can be in the evenings or at weekends. You first have an assessment with your tutor, then you will have 10 sessions which last between 1½ to 2 hours each - usually one lesson a week. Your tutor will also come back to see you 9 months after your course has ended to check progress.
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IT Support for disabled people - (AbilityNet)Service

AbilityNet offers a range of free services to enable disabled people to make use of assitive technologies. These include free factsheets, a telephone helpline and an on-line assessment tool.
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Disability Equality Training - (Disability Wales)Service

DW's Disability Equality Training module will provide you with an understanding of the Social Model of Disability and barriers faced by disabled people. They offer bespoke training and can tailor the module to your organisation.
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Pan-disability Awareness Training - (RNIB)Service

This course will aid participants in gaining an awareness and appreciation of various types of disability etiquette used to avoid offence and discrimination, along with the promotion of good customer service and effective engagement and interaction between people.
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Disability Equality Training (Arts) - (Disability Arts Cymru)Service

Organisations participating in Disability Equality Training will be able to: demonstrate recognition of their accountability to disabled people; understand the implications of the Equality Act, particularly the disability provisions, and it’s relevance to arts provision in Wales devise an appropriate and realistic format for effective action planning; work towards best practice in inclusion and accessibility.
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Disability Awareness Training - (Alison John & Associates Ltd.)Service

Through disability awareness training you will be able to fully understand the difference between disability and impairment, and how to apply this in a working environment. The aim of this disability awareness training course is to give individuals and organisations the time and opportunity to look at disability from a different perspective.
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Disability Awareness Training - (Accessible Wales)Service

Accessible Wales flagship training course is an Introduction to Disability Awareness which is a program of informal but professional training courses. This course is aimed at addressing day to day issues relating to disability within the workplace.
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i2i Creative Learning - (UCAN Productions)Service

UCAN has taken vision awareness training to medical settings, public and private companies, schools, trade unions and youth organisations in the UK and abroad. It is conducted by young disabled people and takes a unique approach to challenging public perceptions and attitudes towards sight loss.
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Young Persons Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

This is an activity club for people who have a vision impairment and their siblings, age 18 to 50 years. The club meets to see a film, go for a walk, take a trip and many other activities and create friendships. People with other disabilities as well as sight are made welcome.
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Bag Books - multisensory books - (Bag Books)Service

Bag Books is the only organisation in the world publishing multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities. Each year we reach around 19,000 children and adults throughout the UK with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) or severely affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
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Seeing Ear on-line library - (Seeing Ear)Service

The Seeing Ear is a registered charity which provides an online library for visually impaired & print disabled people in the UK. This unique service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and is completely free to its members. Teachers, parents & carers can join on behalf of somebody with a visual impairment/print disability. It hosts a fiction section for both children and adults, a non fiction section, and caters for schools.
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Calvert Trust Exmoor - (Calvert Trust)Service

The Calvert Trust has an accessible centre in Exmoor where disabled people can enjoy outdoor activities.
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Calvert Trust Kielder - (Calvert Trust)Service

The Calvert Trust runs an accessible centre in Kielder where disabled people can try out new experiences with family and friends. Various types of breaks are available, from day or half day trips to self catering and respite breaks.
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Calvert Trust Lake District - (Calvert Trust)Service

An accessible, residential, outdoor activity centre for disabled people. A wide range of activities and breaks are available for people of all ages.
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Sailing adventures - (Jubilee Sailing Trust)Service

The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers disabled people the chance to sail on their tall ships. Day sails or longer voyages are available.
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Carry on Gardening website - (Thrive)Service

Carry on Gardening presents Thrive's experience and expertise in gardening with a disability, which has been gathered over 30 years of helping disabled people to start or continue gardening. It contains practical information to make garden jobs easier, advice on taking care, useful hints and tips and details of the equipment and tools which will be particularly helpful. It has a section for blind & partially sighted people. If you can't find the info you need, you can phone or email for advice.
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Disability Sports Development Officers (DSDOs) - (Disability Sports Wales )Service

Each local authority in Wales has a DSDO whose role is to increase the participation of disabled people in sports.
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Find a Sport - (Deloitte Parasport)Service

An on-line tool enabling disabled people to identify sports which are suitable for their specific impairment, and then search for clubs in their area where they can try that activity.
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Contact a Family helpline - (Contact a Family)Service

For information or advice on any aspect of caring for a disabled child, ring Contact a Family's national freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm. Can help with issues such as info on your child's medical condition, sources of grants, benefits and special educational needs.
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Money Advice Service for disabled people - (Money Advice Service)Service

An online resource dedicated to supporting people who become ill or disabled. The site offers a range of practical tips and free impartial advice to help people better understand their money matters when faced with a life-changing event such as a long-term health condition or disability.
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Courses at QAC - (Queen Alexandra College)Service

The College in Birmingham provides a wide range of courses for students with a visual impairment, or other disabilities. Subjects include health and social care, hospitality, IT and the performing arts - see the website for full details.
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VIM Resource Centre - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

Sensory impairment aids for everyday living such as mobile phones, talking clocks and watches, fully equipped kitchen demonstrating various aids, CCTVS etc. There are also demonstration facilities for other disabilities eg Tunstall equipment.
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