For the purposes of this consultation, as in other policy and practice, the Scottish Government has applied the definition of disability as it is set out in the Equality Act 2010. That is:-
(1) A person (P) has a disability if—
(a) P has a physical or mental impairment, and
(b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on P's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. 
It is also important to be clear that the Scottish Government's approach to policy for disabled people is based unequivocally on the social model of disability which emphasises society's inability to provide for disabled peoples' needs, rights, and aspirations, rather than the medical model which places emphasis on the impairment.