421 The Disability Discrimination (Meaning of Disability) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

These Regulations provide for the established definition of a disability for the purposes of the 1995 Act, that is, a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities. 


The Regulations list exclusions from the above definition as being: addictions (other than those medically caused), certain personality disorders, hay fever or similar conditions, tattoos and piercings. In addition the Regulations provide that a child under 6 is treated as if he/she were over 6 for the purposes of determining the effect of his/her disability.

Last updated: 27 March 2019