Definition of Permanent Disability

A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

It covers physical or mental impairments, which includes sensory impairments, such as those affecting sight or hearing.

The term ‘mental impairment’ is intended to cover a wide range of impairments relating to mental functioning, including what are often known as learning disabilities.

A substantial adverse effect is something which is more than a minor or trivial effect.  The requirement that an effect must be substantial reflects the general understanding of disability as a limitation going beyond the normal differences in ability which might exist among people.

A long term effect of an impairment is one that has lasted at least 12 months and/or is likely to last for the rest of the life of the person affected.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust’s Aids and Adaptations team directly on 01296 732645 or via our main switchboard number 01296 732600.