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Disability (DISABILITY)

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Key Value
Name Disability
Part of Disability (Disability)
Description This field records the type of Disability that a Student has, on the basis of the Student's own self-assessment
Applicable to England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage All Disability entities

This data must be updated throughout a Student's Engagement where applicable.

Since it is possible for a student to have more than one disability there may be more than one disability entity per Student in a provider's return. A provider can return as many disabilities as are known.

99 must be returned where the data is not known by the provider.

Advance HE suggested question:

Do you have an impairment, health condition or learning difference that has a substantial or long term impact on your ability to carry out day to day activities?

Advance HE also recommend including additional explanation for this question such as:

Under the Equality Act 2010, a person is considered to have a disability 'if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'. 'Substantial' is defined by the Act as 'more than minor or trivial'. An impairment is considered to have a long term effect if:

  • it has lasted for at least 12 months

  • it is likely to last for at least 12 months, or

  • it is likely to last for the rest of the life of the person.

Normal day-to-day activities are not defined in the Act, but in general they are things people do on a regular or daily basis, for example eating, washing, walking, reading, writing or having a conversation. Only serious visual impairments are covered by the Equality Act 2010. For example, a person whose eyesight can be corrected through the use of prescription lenses is not covered by the Act; neither is an inability to distinguish between red and green. The same logic does not apply to hearing aids. If someone needs to wear a hearing aid, then they are likely to be covered by the Act. However, both hearing and visual impairments have to have a substantial adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities in order for a person to be covered by the Act.

Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? No
Reason required To permit disability-based analysis; for monitoring levels and trends in participation by particular groups of people; to monitor take-up of Disabled Students' Allowance as Disabled Students' Allowance is now not means tested; to support the allocation for disability premium; to permit analysis based on type of disability
Field Length 2
Valid Values
Code Label
00 No known disability
51 A specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
53 A social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
54 A long standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
55 A mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
56 A physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
57 Deaf or a serious hearing impairment
58 Blind or a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
96 A disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed
98 Information refused
99 Not available

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