What is a disability?

The definition of disability -The Equality Act 2010 

You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.  

What ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ mean:  

  • ‘substantial’ is more than minor or trivial, e.g., it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed  
  • ‘long-term’ means 12 months or more, e.g., a breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection  


Why do I have to provide evidence of a disability? 

Some of the support that you can receive at University, because of a disability, is classified as ‘reasonable adjustments’. Reasonable adjustments are an entitlement under law (The Equality Act, 2010) if you meet the definition of having a disability. The evidence you provide is how you prove you have a disability. 



Get in touch

Email: disability@worc.ac.uk 

Phone: 01905 855531

Book an appointment with a disability adviser. 

We offer online appointments using Microsoft Teams or in person at firstpoint, Peirson Centre, St Johns Campus.

Appointments last a maximum of 45 minutes.