Disability Discrimination Act 1995

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  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
    • Purpose
      • Disabled people are another vulnerable group of people who require protecting of their rights and support. 
      • The act was passed to end long-standing discrimination against disabled people in:
        • Employment
        • Access to goods, facilities and services
        • The management, buying or renting of land or property
        • Education
    • Changes made
      • The Act introduced new rights to reduce unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. In particular, the act made it unlawful for a provider of services to treat disabled people less favourably than others 
      • Since 1999, service providers have had to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people in order for them to access these services easily and independently. 
        • These provisions included adjusting premises to overcome physical barriers to access, installing disabled toilets with suitable aids, road crossings etc.
      • Care organisations and practitioners working with disabled people now have to ensure that they work in ways that respect the rights of all disabled people. 
    • Equality Act 2010
      • in 2010 the Disability Act was repealed and replaced with the Equality Act 2010. The act made direct and indirect discrimination, as a whole, illegal. 
      • While this is direct action it is not specifically aimed at this vulnerable group and does not strive to ensure the disabled population are treated fairly.


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