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  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
    • Provides disabled people with the rights in the areas of: *buying/renting land/property *employment *education *transport
    • Aims to end discrimination against disabled people by providing them with relevant information and helping them achieve fairer treatment in the provision of goods, services, employment etc.
    • Defines a person as having a disability: have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
    • The National Disability Council only had the power to advise people on their rights, whereas the Disability Rights Commission has enforcement powers.
    • Disability Rights Commission aims to: *eliminate discrimination against disabled people *promote equal opportunities *encourage good practice in the treatment of individuals who have disabilities *to raise awareness about disability issues.
    • People who provide services to the public must not provide a service that is less favouarble to people who have disabilities.
    • It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a job applicant or employee who has a physical or mental impairment
    • All employers now have to consider what reasonable adjustments they need to make to their employment conditions and recruitment policies and procedures in order to accomodate people who they know to have one of these conditions.

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