Disability Does Not Need to Be a Limiting Factor

Disability is a situation which affects a person’s life activities and sometimes makes a person dependent on someone else for his or her daily life activities. However, it is up to us whether we see disability as a barrier or as an opportunity. More than physical, disability is a state of mind. Only when you accept that you are disabled person is when you actually become one. 

In 2011, Stephen Hawking wrote in his world disability reportDisability need not to be an obstacle to success”. 

Every day, we see disabled people breaking and setting records, winning medals in the Olympics and sometimes even changing the world. These people have even acted as role models to us. The most notable disabled people that showed us that disability is indeed not a limiting factor include: 

  • Stephen Hawking (Had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis from a young age) 
  • Hellen Keller (Became blind and deaf when she was 2-years old) 
  • Mark Pollock (Became blind at the age of 22) 
  • Marlee Matlin (Deaf since she was 18 months old) 

Stephen Hawking brought revolutionary changes in the black hole theory. Hellen Keller became the first deaf and blind person to get a bachelor’s degree in arts. Mark Pollock became the first blind man to race to the South Pole. Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 

Above mentioned are only a few people who, despite their disabilities, turned out to be extremely successful people and inspiring role models to othersThere are thousands of people like them. Their lives and achievements show us that disability should not be a limiting factor. Instead, it should make us more inclined towards achieving success.  

Although a lot of disabled people face physical, emotional, and social barriers throughout their lives, it is up to them to decide whether they should let these barriers slow them down for good or give them the motivation they need to live a happy and successful life. However, dealing with disabilities isn’t completely up to the disabled person. As humans, we also have the duty to encourage disabled people that their disabilities do not define who they are. We ought to give them the support and motivation they need regardless of their disabilities. We should encourage disabled persons that they can still prevail and can achieve greater heights of success and that their disability is not in any case an inability. 

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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).