Last edited 18 Nov 2017

People with disabilities definition

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The National Planning Policy Framework suggests that:

'People have a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, and that impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. These persons include, but are not limited to, people with ambulatory difficulties, blindness, learning difficulties, autism and mental health needs.'

Almost 20% of the UK population are disabled, around 12 million people, and the so-called disability 'purple pound' is worth £80 billion to the British economy.

The government defines inclusive design as '…a process that ensures that all buildings, places and spaces can be easily and comfortably accessed and used by everyone.' Ref Policy paper 2010 to 2015 government policy: 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

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