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Defining Disability

At UCL, we take our duty of care, towards both students and staff, very seriously, and there is no need for anyone either studying or working at UCL to be formally registered as disabled to receive IT support from the Disability IT Support Analyst.

The advice offered on these pages is within the jurisdiction of IT support only, and if you require any other kind of support with your disability, staff should initially contact their line manager, and students should initially contact Student Support and Wellbeing. Students may find more information about the provision of support for specific disabilities by Student Support and Wellbeing here.

However, if you wish to know what counts as a disability in a legal sense, you will find the definition within the Equality Act 2010, which protects people with disabilities. The Act sets out the circumstances in which a person is considered "disabled", namely if:

  • You have a mental or physical impairment;
  • This has an adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities;
  • The adverse effect is substantial;
  • The adverse effect is long-term (meaning it has lasted for 12 months, or is likely to last for more than 12 months, or for the rest of your life)

Further information can be obtained from Disability Equality at UCL and the Disability Rights Commission; additionally, less technical information about the Equality Act can be found here.