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As defined in the Equality Act 2010 a disabled person is someone who has a physical or mental impairment, and that impairment has a long term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities. This definition is the basis for determining whether or not a child should be regarded as disabled.
Examples are physical or mental impairments which might (depending on the individual’s circumstances) fulfill the criteria for a disabled child, which are:
However the following conditions would not normally lead to the child being considered as disabled, but rather as having additional needs:
The decision about whether a child is disabled within Lewisham is always based on a consideration of the impact on the child of their needs and condition, and not purely on the basis of whether the child has or does not have a particular diagnosis.
If a child does not meet these criteria they may nevertheless be a child in need, for reasons other than their disability.
Other definitions of disability are included in the following legislation and guidance:
There are other legislation and guidance highlighting the assessment and support needs of children with disabilities include:
The children with disabilities team recognises the importance that disabled children are supported to remain safely and happily with their family and can benefit from activities within the community. The assessed impact of their disability should determine the level and nature of the support they need to enable this to happen.