Living with Disabilities

Living with Disabilities

Living with disabilities can be a very hard task to do but luckily in our modern day society, it is becoming increasingly easier with mobility aids. Disabled people are often talked about as though they are all in the same group, but every disabled person faces different challenges and conditions based on their separate disabilities. The Equality Act 2012 defines a disabled person as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out day to day activities. These can include; limb loss, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, Down’s syndrome, learning difficulties and any mental health problem such as depression or anxiety.

Older people are more likely to develop a disability and most disabled people worldwide are adults. Greater than 11 million people in the UK are disabled and approximately 6% of these are children. More people are living with a disability now than in the past because of improved medical treatment enabling people to better manage disabilities and health problems which in effect is making us all live longer. The Equality and Human Rights Commission think that 58% of people over 50 will have a long term health condition by 2020.

Disabilities of any kind can present a vast array of challenges, but this doesn’t mean that life with a disability can’t be fulfilling. For most people, a fulfilling life is having control over their day to day life and being able to decide how they live. More than one million disabled people live alone in the UK and many more lead independent lives with some help. For others, independent life also means being employed and half of the UK’s disabled people are in employment, so disabilities don’t mean the end of your life as you know it.

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