Researching Disabilities and Equality Act 2010…


This week I have been researching all the various types of physical and mental disabilities and their effects. Alongside this, I have been looking at the Disability Equality Act 2010 and how this will be a useful guide to understanding disability.

I already knew that there are lots of different types of disability, but one thing I do need to get a better understanding of is their causes and effects and how as an interior designer, I can find a way to accommodate for every kind of disability. It is vital for me to understand this sooner rather than later as this will help me significantly in understanding such a broad subject area.

I am updating my sketchbook body of work weekly to show this research. As part of my research, I looked at the Handicaps Welfare Association where I found the definitions and meanings of the two major categories under physical disability, these being Musculo Skeletal Disability and Neuro Musculo Disability. Handicaps Welfare Association is a disability support group in Singapore, it is run by people with disabilities helping to provide mutual support.

Sketchbook pages
Images are taken from my sketchbook. Physical disability definition and meaning, and Disability Equality Act 2010. – Milenkovic. A (2018)


I have also done some short research into mental health too, although my main focus area is on physical disabilities, I think it is significant that I touch on them briefly as mental health can have a considerable impact on a physical disability. As a guide for my research, I looked into a Mental Health charity named Mind, the people behind mind give support to those suffering from a form of mental illness.


The Disability Act 2010 definition:-

You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. – 

The Disability Act 2010 gives information about meeting the boundaries and ensures to give those with a disability their full rights as a registered disabled person.

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