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.
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.
DISABILITY ACT 2010
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. – www.gov.uk
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.