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Disability is defined by the World Health Organisation as “A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental or some combination of these. Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.” The voluntary and community sector has made significant contributions to disability, often reaching areas and communities that have been difficult to reach by mainstream providers. This page brings together information and resources about disability and the VCS.

Personalisation and Equalities – 28 March, London

Jointly hosted by Disability Rights UK, National LGB&T Partnership, Race Equality Foundation and the Department of Health, this free event is taking place on Thursday 28 March from 11am to 4pm at the Race Equality Foundation in London.

VCS to deliver reforms for children with special needs and disabilities

The Children's Minster Sarah Teather has announced contracts for VCS organisations to help deliver key reforms to support children with special educational needs and disabilities, and their parents. The Department for Education is providing around £6million a year for two years for the contracts, which will see the contractors:


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