Imperial is committed to providing support to staff in order to ensure they maximise their potential and progress regardless of disability.
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Imperial is a Disability Confident Leader - this means we are committed to recruiting and supporting disabled staff, and ensuring they can thrive. Disability Confident gives the College a framework.
The College Disability Action Committee oversees our disability equality work and efforts to improve accessibility throughout Imperial.
The College is also working with AccessAble to provide accessibility information for all our campuses. This information is not only useful for our College community, but can also be a valuable tool for those visiting Imperial.
Sharing a disability
You make Imperial. Having more accurate data about our staff and students enables the College to check we have the right policies and services in place. Sharing your disability also means we can start the process of putting in place any workplace adjustments that you might need.
The College encourages staff to inform their line manager of their disability or disabilities and to record these disabilities on ICIS. ICIS is the College's online employee self-service system. It is recommended that you review and update your personal details, including disability, at least once a year.
Your staff record is confidential. ICIS access is only given to specifically authorised persons who must follow Imperial's data protection policy and codes of practice.
Examples of disability
This list is not exhaustive and only serves as a brief guide. There are many other types of disabilities that can affect people in different ways. The important thing to remember is that disability is not a fixed or static label. It is a dynamic and diverse experience that can change over time and in different contexts.
- sensory impairments, such as those affecting sight or hearing
- physical impairments or illnesses that affect mobility, dexterity, or control of movement, for example prolonged use of a wheelchair or crutches, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or stroke
- developmental conditions, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
- depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorders, as well as personality disorders and some self-harming behaviours
- progressive diseases, such as motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, forms of dementia, and lupus
- illnesses with impairments with fluctuating or recurring effects such as myalgic encephalitis [ME], chronic fatigue syndrome [CFS], fibromyalgia, sickle cell anaemia, epilepsy, and diabetes
- facial disfigurements
- HIV infection (from the point of diagnosis even where there is no adverse effect on day-to-day living)
- cancer (from the point of diagnosis even where there is no adverse effect on day-to-day living)
- other long-term illnesses that significantly impair a person’s ability to function, physically and/or mentally. This can be due to the effects of the illness or the effects or demands of treatment, for example needing to attend hospital or taking debilitating or time-consuming treatment.
Under the Equality Act 2010, some specific impairments are excluded from the definition of disability. These include:
- addictions, other than as a result of the substance being medicinally prescribed, for example alcoholism, drug dependency, or smoking addiction
- deliberately inflicted disfigurements such as tattoos which have not been removed, skin piercing, and something attached through such piercing
- seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), except where it aggravates the effect of another impairment such as unstable asthma or severe chronic irreversible airflow limitation
- problems with standard vision, corrected by contact lenses or spectacles.