Disability Discrimination

Disability and reasonable adjustments

A Disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long
term adverse effect on a persons ability to carry out their normal day to day activities, whilst
Physical impairments affect the senses such as sight and hearing, heart disease, diabetes
and epilepsy

Mental impairments include learning disabilities and mental ill health.
Long term are effects that Last, or are likely to last at least 12 months.

Day to day activities are normal activities carried out by most people on a regular basis
some examples of which are, Mobility, Manual dexterity Physical co-ordination, and Memory
or ability to concentrate.

If as a result of their disability an individual is treated worse than another person in a similar
situation or as an employer you fail to make reasonable changes to allow this person to work
/ be interviewed etc the individual can challenge this treatment under disability discrimination
legislation.

What is a reasonable adjustment?
A reasonable adjustment is a change to remove or reduce the effect of:

  • An employees disability so they can do their job
  • A job applicant’s disability when applying for a job

Reasonable Adjustments could be to:

  • The workplace – making changes to the employees place of work
  • The way things are done – Providing equipment to assist the individual to carry out
    their job
  • Get someone to help the employee or job applicant

It is important as an employer when considering reasonable adjustments that you consult
with both the employee and a medical professional to determine the best approach.

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