According to the Equality Act 2010, a disability is defined as a physical or mental condition that has ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative affects on your day to day activities. However, by its very nature, having a disability will affect each person in a different way, in fact, even two people diagnosed with the same condition can have totally different experiences.
Today, the stigma surrounding disability, particularly in the UK, has made positive steps towards greater equality and understanding by wider society, however, dealing with common misconceptions is still something many individuals have to deal with.
Read on, as we debunk some of the most common misconceptions associated with disability.
People with disabilities can’t be independent
It’s often assumed that people with disabilities are reliant on others all of the time. In fact, this all depends on the condition and personal circumstances of the individual. The amount of assistance an individual needs will vary from person to person, for example, while some people can walk others may need help getting around or using the bathroom. However, living with a disability doesn’t mean you have to give up your independence, with the use of mobility aids such as wheelchairs, stairlifts and vehicle adaptions, many disabled individuals can look after themselves.
People with disabilities can’t travel
Many people assume that those living with disabilities can’t travel or don’t want to, preferring to stay at home. In reality, although there may be additional challenges to overcome, there’s no reason why people with disabilities can’t get out and about. Today, more so than ever, a focus on accessibility means navigating public transport or flying is not out of the question. Don’t let your disability stop you from seeing the world or even poping to your local shops!
People with disabilities can’t use their legs
Disabilities come in all severities and with a whole range of associated symptoms, making it wrong to assume that all disabled people can’t use their legs. Mobility can vary from paralysis to having little or no problems walking – and of course everything in between. Some people simply use mobility aids, such as wheelchairs as their conditions mean they can’t be on their feet for long periods of time, not because they’ve lost complete use of their legs.
Here at LTC Mobility, based in Swansea, Llanelli and South Wales, we offer a range of high-quality mobility products that can be used inside and outside the home. Our family-run business is dedicated to providing excellent customer service, making your experience one that’s positive and encouraging. For more information get in touch today.