Adaptive Sports for People with Disabilities

Between 15 and 20 percent of the population have a type of disability. Disabilities can be both physical and mental and may also be in the form of a progressive disease. All of these issues can cause the person with the disability to experience more stress and health problems.  

 

One of the best solutions to reduce stress and other health conditions is to exercise. Playing a sport or being active helps you feel better about yourself, stay more physically fit, and keeps you social which is crucial to overall happiness for everyone. Sports may sound out of reach for anyone with a disability, but this is not accurate.  

 

Adaptive Sports and Equipment  

 

The need for physical activity to stay healthier has driven the market and society to make changes to many sports and sports equipment and facilities. Making accommodations for those who have a disability has become a high priority in many areas of the country. Even beaches are now providing wheelchair access to the beach for people with “sand wheels” so that everyone can get outside and enjoy some fresh air.  

 

Basketball, tennis, golf, and cycling now all have special equipment that will allow people with disabilities to enjoy these sports. Horseback riding has also become very popular as many stables are now accommodating people with disabilities because of the profound results these beautiful animals have on those with a disability. Small children with physical and mental disabilities respond very well to horses.  

 

Skiing and water sports have also seen a surge in new innovations that allow those with disabilities, even those who are wheelchair bound, to go out and hit the slopes or the waves.  

 

When it comes down to it, where there is a desire, there is an adaptive sport or piece of equipment that will allow everyone to enjoy a physical activity. 

 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).