This is the second strategy for people with a physical disability, chronic illness or a sensory impairment in Croydon. It covers the three year period from April 2011 to March 2014 and has been developed in partnership with NHS Croydon and our Partnership Group - Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment. The strategy uses a "social model" of disability which recognises the difficulties and barriers faced by disabled people as a result of the attitudes and structures found within our own society.
The scope of the strategy
The strategy deals with the policies and services we provide for the following groups:
- People with a physical disability aged 18 - 64
- People suffering a long term illness/condition (18+)
- People with a sensory impairment (18+).
The strategy uses the definition of disability from the Disability Discrimination Act 1995: "A physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term impact on the ability of a person to carry out normal day to day activities".
For the purpose of this strategy, the term "physically disabled people" is taken to include all the groups of people covered by the strategy.