Renfrewshire Council

Staff with a disability or health condition

If you have a disability, we are required (under the Equality Act 2010) to make reasonable adjustments to support you. This is to enable you to do your job and ensure you are not treated less favourably due to your disability.

You're disabled under law if both of these apply: 

  • you have a physical or mental impairment (your abilities are reduced by it in some way) and 
  • the impairment has a substantial (more than just a minor impact) and long-term (for at least 12 months or the rest of your life) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities (such as writing, using a computer, sitting up and down, following instructions, getting to places, communicating with others, and lifting and carrying everyday objects). 

A severe disfigurement, progressive conditions (such as Alzheimer's Disease and Motor Neurone Disease), terminal illness, or having a form of neurodivergence (such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia) may be considered as a disability.  

You can have an impairment that is automatically considered a disability even though it may not affect your day-to-day activities, such as HIV infection, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis or certain visual impairments (such as Certified Blind and Severely Sight Impaired).  

It's not possible to list every health condition or impairment that could be a disability. Often, it is best to look at how your condition or impairment affects you, rather than what it is. You are also protected by law if you are no longer disabled but had a disability in the past. We will ask Occupational Health for further medical advice if needed.

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