The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 states that “a person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. Recent changes to the definition of disability include the removal of the term ‘clinically well diagnosed’ in relation to mental illness and the addition of Cancer, HIV Infections and Multiple Sclerosis as disabilities from the point of diagnosis.
Definition of'disability’ http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/definition-of-disability
Access to Work (NI) - Access to Work (NI) can help by providing advice and an assessment of your employee's disability needs in the workplace and, if appropriate, a financial grant towards the cost of necessary support.
For further information see below
Employees - nidirect
Employers - nibusinessinfo.co.uk
The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.