Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day has been observed every year since 1992 to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. In today's blog, quality and evaluation officer Rachael writes about disability and cancer, and how accessible information can make a big difference. 

What is a disability?
In the UK, the definition of a disabled person is ‘someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'. This adds up to 11 million people in the UK – 1 in 5 of the population.

Disability and cancer
At Macmillan Cancer Support we believe that everyone with cancer should have the help and support they need to live life as fully as they can. This includes people living with a disability as well as cancer.

People with a disability can be disabled as much by social attitudes and practical barriers as by their impairment.

Gwen, who is deaf, explains the problems she faced getting her cancer diagnosis due to a lack of support for communication in this video: