Disability discrimination - long-term effect

A person has a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The effect of an impairment is long term if it meets one of the following criteria:

It has lasted for at least 12 months
The period for which it lasts is likely to be at least 12 months
It is likely to last for the rest of the person's life

Note: When an impairment ceases to have a substantial adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, it will be treated as continuing to have that effect if the effect is likely to reoccur.

A person who is deemed to be disabled does not need to show that their condition has a long-term effect.

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Disability discrimination - reasonable adjustments