On 17 July it is Disability Awareness Day, so we are taking the opportunity as part of our Cultural Calendar to explore what 'disability' means.


To use our Accessibility Tools and customise our website to suit you, click on the blue Accessibility Tools button at the top of this page, or click here for more information about how this works.


The definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 says:


A substantial adverse effect is something which is more than minor or trivial. It is a limitation which goes beyond the normal differences in ability which might exist among people.

*A long-term adverse effect is an impairment...

  • which has lasted at least 12 months, or
  • where the total period for which it lasts is likely to be at least 12 months, or
  • which is likely to last for the rest of the life of the person affected



It is important to note that not every disability is visible or easy to notice. Invisible or hidden disabilities can be physical, mental or neurological conditions that limit a person’s movement and senses. The very fact that these symptoms are invisible can lead to misunderstandings, false perceptions, and judgments. 

At our recent staff workshops we focussed on the power of language. Some language that is used to describe disabled people is not always helpful. Here are some examples of alternative words that can be used: Click here to read more around Inclusive Language.


Click here to read more around Inclusive Language.


What is it like at Persona?

Click here to read stories from our colleagues who live with visible and invisible disabilities, and what Persona has done to support them.

We have a range of support in place including accessible toilets and bathrooms. Our website has accessible tools that can increase the size or change the colour of fonts or read the text aloud and we support our staff with any adjustments that may be needed whilst in work. But there is more we can do and we want to start the conversation by asking: 


'How inclusive are we as an organisation and what can we do to be more inclusive?'


If you work for Persona and you'd like to get involved in the conversation, email info@personasupport.org or speak to a member of the Staff Your Voice committee.

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