Are you living with a disability?

We understand that living with a disability can vary to differing degrees that affect your life, including your relationship with the physical space you live in, your work and your mental health. That’s why we’re here to guide you to specialist disability organisations and charities that can provide information and help.

What is the Equality Act?

The Equality Act 2010 states you have a disability if you have a physical and/or mental impairment that has a substantial, adverse, and long-term effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

It offers legal protection from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society, and defines 9 characteristics that are protected by this law. One of these protected characteristics is disability. 

This means you cannot be discriminated against in the workplace due to your disability.

It also states your employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments that ensure you can both access and maintain employment

How does disability affect our mental health?

If you are living with one or more disabilities, you are 5 times more likely to experience poor mental health compared to the general population. There are many barriers to the early identification and diagnosis of mental health issues in people with disabilities. These can include communication barriers, physical barriers, policy barriers and social barriers.

How can I seek specialist advice or support?

Numerous charities offer support services. Please use the links below to access a few:


Scope is a disability equality charity. They have a helpline and provide online support for people living with a disability.

  • Phone: 0808 800 3333
  • Email:
  • Textphone: dial 18001 then 0808 800 3333
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is part of the UK charity Mental Health Foundation. On their website, you can find an interactive guide that’s been created to help people with learning disabilities take care of their mental health.

Additional support

Croydon Disability Forum

The Croydon Disability Forum (CDF) enables disabled people to meet, to share experiences and information, and jointly campaign on behalf of all people with disabilities. Self-referrals can be completed via email.

  • Telephone: 07538 650898
  • Email:
Croydon Vision

Croydon Vision supplies support and services to people who are blind or partially sighted. They also run activities (dancing, cooking etc.) and provide a counselling and advocacy service. Self-referrals can be made by emailing or telephoning Croydon Vision.

  • Telephone: 0208 688 2486
  • Email:

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