The Beautiful Side of Disability

 

Disability. It is a word that creates a lot of different feelings in people. It can make some people upset because they have one.  It may make some people uneasy because they do not know how to interact with someone who is disabled.  And for some people it can even make them feel self-conscious whether or not they have a disability. 

 

What most people do not think or feel when they hear the word disability is “happy.” 

 

But why not? 

 

Having a disability can change the way a person interacts with the world.  That does not mean that this is a bad thing. A disability may make things a little more difficult to accomplish for some, but there are many new aids or mobility devices that can help overcome these issues. A disability may make people feel a little uncomfortable as they adjust to their surroundings and the people they meet, but that does not have to be a bad thing at all. 

 

Diversity Is What Makes the World Go Around 

 

When you think of diversity, most people think of race or religions. They do not, however, think of disabilities. But disabilities are a form of diversity.  Disability is something that can benefit employers, social circles, and overall society. Some of the most innovative inventions and positive social influences have come from someone with a disability. 

 

A disability can be physical, mental, or emotional. They can be mild or severe. They can also be a blessing. So many things have been discovered, learned, or benefited from because of a person with a disability. 

 

Think of the inspiration of Helen Keller.  She was a blind, a deaf and mute woman who went on to become an accomplished advocate for the disabled. Think of Stephen Hawkins, a theoretical physicist that has helped advance the entire world on space travel. Beethoven was deaf but mastered the piano and became one of the greatest composers of all times. The list can continue indefinitely.  

 

These people faced challenges within their lives that could have been something that held them back.  Instead, they used their disabilities to make themselves stand apart. They saw their limitations and worked around them or saw them as a benefit to further their cause. Stephen Hawkins often said that if he was not restricted to his wheelchair he would have never found the time to consider and investigate the things that he discovered because he would have been too busy elsewhere. 

 

Disabilities should be seen as just another difference in our society and not as something that sets a person apart. Positive attitudes about disabilities will make society more inclusive, and the benefits to society will be overwhelming. 

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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).