Living with disability

Life with a disability

An increasing proportion of the UK's population is learning to live with the particular challenges that disability brings.

Adjusting to disability

The majority of people with a disability weren't born with it: it's something they've learned to live with.

'I lost my leg in Iraq'

Sergeant Mark Sutcliffe, 29, who lost his leg in Iraq, talks about his treatment and learning to walk again.

Independent living

For millions of people with physical and mental disabilities, independent living is more than just a dream.

How to lose weight in a wheelchair

If you’re a wheelchair user and you are overweight, you can make changes to achieve a healthy weight.

Fitness advice for wheelchair users

If you’re a wheelchair user, getting active regularly will bring you important health benefits.

Managing weight with a learning disability

If you care for a person with a learning disability, you can help them to achieve a healthy weight.

Motor neurone disease: Kevan's story

Kevan Hassall, 42, has motor neurone disease. His health is getting worse, but he explains why he's determined to make every day count.

Going into hospital with a learning disability

If someone has a significant learning disability, these 10 steps can help make their hospital visits a success.

Help for disabled parents

If you're a parent with a disability, help and support is available.

Caring for older relatives

Do you care for an older relative? Financial, practical and emotional support is available.

Caring for carers

If you care for a disabled relative, there is practical and emotional support available if you need it.

A guide for disabled festival-goers

Many of the UK's big music festivals provide facilities and staff to assist disabled people

David Weir, Paralympic superhuman

Paralympic superhero David Weir talks about his London 2012 success and how he got into wheelchair racing.

Boost for disability sport

Parasport aims to increase participation in disability sports, improve access to facilities and encourage new talent.

Work and disability

Don't let preconceived ideas about disability hold you back from the world of work.

How to keep fit with a disability

Keeping fit with a disability is easier than you may think. Fitness instructor Mike Lee explains why exercise is important to help prevent obesity and cardiovascular disease. He also gives tips on how to find the right gym or what to do from home if you don't want to pay for a gym. Also watch other disabled people describe why they want to keep active.

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Media last reviewed: 06/09/2013

Next review due: 06/09/2015

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

People are most often diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or MS between the ages of 20 and 40. Everyone reacts differently to diagnosis. In this video people with MS talk about how they responded to their diagnosis.

Media last reviewed: 25/02/2014

Next review due: 25/02/2016

Having a sibling with a disability

Sisters Charlotte (19) and Chloe (9) describe what it's like growing up with disabled sister Sophie (15), who has cerebral palsy. An expert explains what the most common problems are that children who grow up with a disabled family member face. She talks about their understanding the disability, dealing with it outside the family and the feeling some kids have of not getting enough attention from their parents.

Media last reviewed: 12/09/2014

Next review due: 12/09/2016

Military rehab: bionic hands

A senior prosthetist at Headley Court, a military rehabilitation centre, shows two electronic hands and explains how the technology works.

Media last reviewed: 28/10/2013

Next review due: 28/10/2015

What's your heart age?

Take the online test to find out whether your heart age is higher or lower than your actual age

'My learning disability'

Sinead, 25, a charity worker, has a learning disability. She describes the support she receives in her job and from her family

New wheels gave Payton his independence

Find out how children's charity Whizz Kidz is working with the NHS to transform the local wheelchair service