What is meant by disability?

Under UK law, disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on a person's ability to perform normal day-to-day tasks. In the context of education, day-to-day tasks include studying. This means, for example, that someone with a diagnosis of dyslexia may qualify as disabled because of difficulties associated with reading and writing. In general, long-term means a condition that has lasted, or will last, more than twelve months. 

If you are unsure whether your health condition or specific learning difficulty is considered a disability or not, please contact the Disability Advisory Service to arrange an appointment in order to discuss this with an Advisor.