YOUR RIGHTS IN HEALTH
The Equality Act 2010 is the law protecting people living with a disability from any form of discrimination as a result of their disability. Under the Act health and social services must give disabled people the same access as all other service users.
You must be given the opportunity to grant or deny your consent to any health procedure that is suggested, provided you are mentally able to give it, are in possession of enough information to allow you to make a decision and your consent is given freely and not as the result of pressure from anyone else..
If you are disabled, or care for a disabled relative or friend it is important that you understand what health related services are available to you from social services, the Health Service and voluntary organisations.
Occupational therapists work with people of any age with physical or mental health problems to promote their independence in caring for themselves, in employment and in leisure activities. Occupational Therapists work with disabled people, to resolve any practical problems or restrictions on lifestyle that might be experienced.
LIVING WITH DISABILITY
According to the NHS live well, an increasing proportion of the UK's population is learning to live with the particular challenges that disability brings.
Obesity as a disability has been one of the most misunderstood of protected classes. A UK employment tribunal has become the first to consider obesity as a disability following last year's ruling in the European Court of Justice.