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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 cancerAt 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:
Accessible information can make a differenceWe produce information about cancer in formats that are accessible to people with different needs, including:
John, who has a learning disability, has told us how easy read information and the support of his Macmillan nurse helped him cope with cancer. You can read John’s story here.
Our website is optimised for screen readers. David, who is blind, talks about how he uses a screen reader to find information about cancer in this video:
And there are also other ways you can make our website easier to use. For example you can:
Can we do more to help you? Although we are trying to make our information available to all, we know that we may not be reaching everyone. If you or someone you support cannot access our information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do what we can to meet your needs.
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