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What is a Physical Disability?

Page last updated: 04 September 2019

A physical disability can range from someone who may only require a minimum amount of support and assistance to someone who may require further specialised support. Depending on your specific circumstance will determine what assistance you may need to help you live independently.

You may think of someone with a physical disability as someone who is confined to a wheelchair. This however is untrue and while there are people who are wheelchair users, they are also people with physical disabilities who don’t.

You may have more than one physical condition. Additionally, a particular condition might be disabling to one person but not the next. The key aspect in defining physical disability is not whether you have a specific condition; it is how that physical condition affects your daily life.

Physical disabilities can be the result of congenital birth issues, accidental injury or illness. If you would like to learn more about a specific disability or related condition, you can visit the NHS website which has an A-Z list of conditions and disabilities.

Visit  the NHS website for more information (opens in a new window).

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