Definition: The Disability Discrimination Acts (1995 and
2005) define a disabled person as 'someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'. Groups of people with disabilities include people with mental health issues, physical limitations and those with learning disabilities. The social model of disability starts from a different perspective. It is not concerned with how 'bad' a person's impairment is. Instead
it establishes that everyone is equal and
demonstrates that it is society which restricts
their opportunities and erects barriers that
prevent disabled people from participating
Category: Adult Social Care
Credit: Department of Health
Source: Glossary of Adult Social Care Terms
Service descriptions mentioning the term
Financial aid - (Behcet's Syndrome Society)Service
The Society will provide grants
to help people who are in hardship because of Behçet's disease. To provide a grant, evidence of the amount needed must be provided. Examples of claims which might be funded include prepayment certificate for drugs, help with travel
to hospital, household bills, help towards computer with reading aids/voice recognition
if you are visually impaired
, or aids/other equipment not available on the NHS to help if you are disabled
to the families of disabled children
and young people
who meet certain criteria. The grants can be used for essential items such as washing machines, fridge-freezers, family breaks, clothing and bedding as well as contributions to hospital visiting costs. They also help with tablets, laptops and sensory toys.
Family support workers - (The Eyeless Trust (merged with Royal Blind Society))Service
Family support workers spend time with each family according to their needs and ensure that they have all the services that they need in coming to terms with the emotional, financial and practical issues associated with having of a disabled child
. Also help older children with independent living skills.
Groups provide parents of disabled children
with essential practical and emotional support. Workshops and other events are organised.
Ceredigion's first Digital Forum for disabled
residents of Ceredigion. It allows people with impairments or long term health conditions to raise their concerns relating to all services provided within Ceredigion. Every quarter the forums will be used to create an Agenda of issues which will be taken to Ceredigion County Council and other public and third party bodies.
Provides support to encourage independent living for disabled
people. Independent Support Officers provide support throughout the process, including recruitment, management, training
and payroll setup. The Support Officers at CIL provide an ongoing support service once everything is set up.
on getting direct payments
, including information on:individual budgets/personalisation
; funding from social services in relation to the care needs of the disabled
; the appeals process; general advice on employing personal assistants
An on-line resource containing information on eye care for people with learning disabilities
. It includes information in easy-read format, and also information for carer
'Living made easy' is an impartial advice
and information website about daily living
equipment and other aspects of independent living for disabled
people. The site includes an 'Ask Sara' section which takes you through a series of questions to identify the type of help that you need.
Work Choice - (Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind (MTIB))Service
If you have a disability
or health condition that makes it difficult for you to find/keep employment, MTIB & Work Choice aim to help. Work Choice brings together the best elements of WORKSTEP and Work Preparation into a unified programme which will equip disabled people to move into, retain and progress in employment. The new programme is aimed specifically at those customers who, by reason of significant disability, cannot be helped into employment through JobCentre Plus mainstream programs.
people, with the emphasis on internet and email skills. Training is given on a one to one basis in your own home and on your own computer. You arrange lesson times with your tutor - this can be in the evenings or at weekends. You first have an assessment
with your tutor, then you will have 10 sessions which last between 1½ to 2 hours each - usually one lesson a week. Your tutor will also come back to see you 9 months after your course has ended to check progress.
AbilityNet offers a range of free services to enable disabled
people to make use of assitive technologies. These include free factsheets, a telephone helpline
and an on-line assessment
module will provide you with an understanding of the Social Model
of Disability and barriers faced by disabled people. They offer bespoke training and can tailor the module to your organisation.
This course will aid participants in gaining an awareness and appreciation of various types of disability
etiquette used to avoid offence and discrimination
, along with the promotion of good customer service and effective engagement and interaction between people.
Organisations participating in Disability
will be able to:
demonstrate recognition of their accountability to disabled people;
understand the implications of the Equality Act
, particularly the disability provisions, and itâ€™s relevance to arts provision in Wales
devise an appropriate and realistic format for effective action planning;
work towards best practice in inclusion and accessibility.
you will be able to fully understand the difference between disability and impairment, and how to apply this in a working environment. The aim of this disability awareness training course is to give individuals and organisations the time and opportunity to look at disability from a different perspective.
Accessible Wales flagship training
course is an Introduction to Disability
Awareness which is a program of informal but professional training courses. This course is aimed at addressing day to day issues relating to disability within the workplace.
UCAN has taken vision awareness training
settings, public and private companies, schools, trade unions and youth organisations in the UK and abroad. It is conducted by young disabled
people and takes a unique approach to challenging public perceptions and attitudes towards sight loss.
This is an activity club
for people who have a vision impairment
and their siblings, age 18 to 50 years. The club meets to see a film, go for a walk, take a trip
and many other activities and create friendships. People with other disabilities
as well as sight are made welcome.
Bag Books is the only organisation in the world publishing multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities
. Each year we reach around 19,000 children
and adults throughout the UK with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD
), Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) or severely affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The Seeing Ear is a registered charity which provides an online library for visually impaired
& print disabled
people in the UK. This unique service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and is completely free to its members. Teachers, parents & carer
s can join on behalf of somebody with a visual impairment/print disability. It hosts a fiction section for both children
and adults, a non fiction section, and caters for schools.
The Calvert Trust has an accessible centre in Exmoor where disabled
people can enjoy outdoor activities.
The Calvert Trust runs an accessible centre in Kielder where disabled
people can try out new experiences with family and friends. Various types of breaks are available, from day or half day trips
to self catering and respite
An accessible, residential, outdoor activity centre for disabled
people. A wide range of activities and breaks are available for people of all ages.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers disabled
people the chance to sail on their tall ships. Day sails or longer voyages are available.
Carry on Gardening presents Thrive's experience and expertise in gardening with a disability
, which has been gathered over 30 years of helping disabled people to start or continue gardening. It contains practical information to make garden jobs easier, advice
on taking care, useful hints and tips and details of the equipment and tools which will be particularly helpful. It has a section for blind & partially sighted people. If you can't find the info you need, you can phone or email for advice.
Each local authority in Wales has a DSDO whose role is to increase the participation of disabled
people in sports.
Find a Sport - (Deloitte Parasport)Service
An on-line tool enabling disabled
people to identify sports which are suitable for their specific impairment, and then search for club
s in their area where they can try that activity.
An online resource dedicated to supporting people who become ill or disabled
. The site offers a range of practical tips and free impartial advice
to help people better understand their money matters when faced with a life-changing event such as a long-term health condition or disability.
Courses at QAC - (Queen Alexandra College)Service
The College in Birmingham provides a wide range of courses for students with a visual impairment
, or other disabilities
. Subjects include health and social care
, hospitality, IT and the performing arts - see the website for full details.
VIM Resource Centre - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service
Sensory impairment aids for everyday living such as mobile phones, talking clocks and watches, fully equipped kitchen demonstrating various aids, CCTV
S etc. There are also demonstration facilities for other disabilities
eg Tunstall equipment.