Dr You – Talking About Disability
Disability can arise in a number of ways, and is described as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out daily activities.
In simple terms, these impairments may include: loss of limbs; a visual or hearing impairment; long-term health condition such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and heart disease; learning difficulties; and mental health problems such as autism, eating disorders, depression and dementia.
Disabled people are often talked about as though they form one group. But every disabled person faces different challenges and health conditions. In fact, more than 80% of people with a disability were born without it and find they have to adjust.