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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of work do Inclusion Occupational Therapists do?

Just a few examples:

  • Paediatric home and school seating, adaptations and equipment assessments
  • Manual handling training.
  • Disabled bay parking badge assessments.
  • Compensation claims & functional capacity assessments in cases of litigation.
  • Assisting an ageing couple to care for one another in their own home.
  • We are experts in social services OT type home assessments.
  • Void property reviews for housing services or housing associations.
  • We can give advice on how the home or workplace environment can be changed to maximise an individual's independence and function.
  • Adapting materials or equipment (e.g., adjusting cutlery for someone after they have lost hand dexterity).
  • Ergonomic seating assessments.

2. Why spend money on a Disability access audit?

An access audit is an ideal starting point when beginning to develop your service access plan or strategy, an essential tool when trying to ensure you act reasonably. Access audits are designed to make you aware of all your Equality Act / old DDA responsibilities and options. As well as the obvious ethical and PR benefits of an accessible service, an audit will help you save time and money by making the most of existing and future revenue as well as by accessing new income from a market place that you may have previously been missing out on.

If your service or budget is smaller, then why not consider our walk and talk service or alternatively purchasing our guide to accessibility, which may provide a very cost affective and useful aid in undertaking your own brief access review?

3. What is the Equality Act/DDA definition of Disability?

The old Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

For the purposes of the Act:

  • Substantial means neither minor nor trivial.
  • Long term means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions).
  • Normal day-to-day activities include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping. Source -

4. Do you sell or buy back disability equipment?

Inclusion will provide you with independent, free advice on any disability equipment wherever possible -we promise not to hard sell you anything, always putting you in touch with other services where this is more appropriate. Please contact us via our contact page or ring 01892 704065 for further details and prices.

Unfortunately we do not buy back or purchase any equipment either on a new or second hand basis.

We are also able to source and offer advice on a wide range of disability service providers due to our extensive local knowledge and experience. We have good links with companies who are able to provide services such as alternative format printing and accessible web design, often at a discounted rate for our clients - please see our links page or contact us on for further details.

5. What clients have you worked with?

Some examples of our most recent Disability Access Audit clients......

  • Selfridges
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough council - auditing large, landmark, local resources & green flag award winning parks.
  • RLSB - Auditing Dorton Manor house, School, Nursery, college & campus facilities.
  • SC Healthcare.
  • Odyssey.
  • The Arab National Bank.
  • St Jude's Clinic.
  • Numerous small business and service providers.

Some examples of our OT clients......

  • KCC OT Bureau - Paediatric services.
  • City Of London.
  • Hammersmith & Fulham.
  • LBC Social services.
  • LBN Social services.
  • SC Healthcare.
  • Osbourne & Poles solicitors.
  • Numerous private OT clients at home.

Just a couple of feedback quotes from our most recent clients:

  • "Skills and knowledge of an excellent standard"
    St Judes Clinic
  • "Sensible, knowledgeable & understanding"
    LBC Social Services

6. Do you provide any other disability consultation services?

Yes - our vast experience in the field of disability makes us ideally situated to tailor our services to meet the specific requirements of each individual or company. We can help with most types of disability consultation or OT work and we promise to be completely honest and open in discussing our suitability for any role you may be searching for assistance with. An example of areas where you could benefit from our assistance would be in relation to issues such as consulting with disability access / committee groups or charities on your behalf. Please contact us via our contact page to discuss how we may be able to help you - the least we will be able to do is point you in the right direction, saving you valuable time and frustration!

7. Do you provide free Disability access advice?

Up to a point yes we do, we can provide free general access advise, Occupational Therapy and general disability access advice - ring us on 01892 704065 or contact us on