Disability History Month 2021
UK Disability History Month runs from 18th November till 18th December.
According to the 2011 Census, over 150,000 people in Surrey, or 13.5% of the population, live with a disability or long-term health condition.
The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.” It’s estimated that around half the people who identify as disabled have hidden impairments, which can include autism or attention deficit; specific learning difficulties, such as dyspraxia, or more general learning difficulties; epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or brain injury; mental health impairments such as anxiety, depression, PTSD or schizophrenia; metabolic impairments such as lupus, HIV, cancer, chronic fatigue, heart conditions, arthritis; sensory issues such as sight loss or speech and communication.
Disabled people bring a wealth of valuable skills and experience to volunteer roles and have a positive impact in our community, just as others do. We are often contacted by disabled people who are keen to volunteer but who are worried about the commitment required. Other concerns include how to ask for adaptations or whether volunteering might affect benefits.
We can offer individual advice on these issues and can help disabled people find suitable volunteer roles. If you have a disability or impairment and are interested in volunteering, why not take a look at some of our Frequently Asked Questions or get in touch to find out more.