Improving outcomes for people with Disabilities

The Equality Act 2010 says that you must not be discriminated against because:

  • You have a disability.
  • Someone thinks you have a disability. This is known as discrimination by perception.
  • You are connected to someone with a disability. This is known as discrimination by association.

It is not unlawful discrimination to treat a disabled person more favourably than a non-disabled person.

What is disability?

In the Equality Act a disability means a physical or a mental condition which has a substantial and long-term impact on your ability to do normal day to day activities.

You are also covered by the Act if you have a progressive condition like HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis, even if you are currently able to carry out normal day to day activities. You are protected as soon as you are diagnosed with a progressive condition. 

You are also covered by the Act if you had a disability in the past.

  • For example, if you had a mental health condition in the past which lasted for over 12 months, but you have now recovered, you are still protected from discrimination because of that disability.


SSDC Services

SSDC Careline

Careline can help you in your day-to-day care. Careline provides a compact emergency alarm system for all people at risk living in their own homes, including the elderly and people with disabilities


SSDC Disabled facilities grants

Disabled facilities grants are available to help people with disabilities remain in their own homes by providing adaptations or specialist facilities.


SSDC Home Aid Partnership Scheme

Home Aid Partnership Scheme The service is available to residents in South Somerset who are either over the age of 60, living with a disability, or who could be considered vulnerable.


British Sign Language (BSL)

Information on the services and facilities needed for everyday life in South Somerset is now available in British Sign Language (BSL) videos on the SSDC website.

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SSDC's website also has Rok Talk which provides a range of interpretation and translation services to use with the website's content - for example audio commentary and translation to other languages.  If you're not familiar with this, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and click Rok Talk logo.


South Somerset guide for visitors with disabilities



Easy Access Trails

Ham Hill Country Parkis now more accessible for all than ever before. There are suitable walks and trails for all levels of walkers.

Hire our Off-road Scooter: The Tramper!

For people wanting to explore the countryside but have limited mobility, Ham Hill Country Park has an off-road scooter available for hire called a 'tramper'.

The Tramper is designed to travel over rugged terrain, and over long distances. Anyone over the age of 16 can hire the Tramper for free - all that is required is debit/credit card details for security. If you would like to hire the Tramper, please phone the Ham Hill Office on 01935 823617.


Yeovil Country Park

There are a network of paths through the country park which vary in terrain and gradient. Some of the lower paths around Ninesprings are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The main cycle way follows the path of the old railway line connecting up Ninesprings, Summerhouse Hill and Wyndham Hill. The level tarmac paths that snake around the lakes provide seating and easy access to facilities. From the lakes and the springs it is only a short walk to the café, car park and public toilets.

A new leaflet is available to download suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs Yeovil Country Park Easy Access Trail









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