The University of York is committed to supporting disabled staff and has developed a Disability in employment: policy, procedure and guidance and the Disability Inclusion Framework.
The Equality Act 2010 says that 'a disabled person is someone with 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'.
This definition is quite broad as the key thing is not the impairment but its effect. Some people don’t realise that impairments such as migraines, dyslexia, asthma and back pain can count as a disability if the adverse effect on the individual is substantial and long-term. So, the single term 'disability' is used to cover a range of physical and sensory impairments, medical conditions, specific learning difficulties and mental health needs.