Manual dexterity

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Loss of function in one or both hands (especially if it is the hand you use the most) or inability to manipulate small objects is regarded as a substantial adverse effect. But the level of loss of function must be considered.

If you cannot use a knife and fork at the same time, press keys on a keyboard at the same speed as someone who does not have an impairment or co-ordinate the use of both hands together, then your impairment is likely to have a substantial adverse effect.

However, if the adverse effect is, for example, that you cannot thread a needle or that you cannot type at speeds standardised for secretarial work, it is unlikely that you would be considered to have a substantial adverse effect.

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