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0711-Outline of the UK Disability Discrimination Acts

Compiled by Professor Omar Hasan Kasule Sr. for Year 2 Sem 2 PPSD Sesssion on Wednesday 31st January 2007

THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1995

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face. This Act gives disabled people rights in the areas of:

           employment

           education

           access to goods, facilities and services

           buying or renting land or property

The Act also allows the government to set minimum standards so that disabled people can use public transport easily.

 

CHANGES TO THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT IN OCTOBER 2004

From 1 October 2004, Part 3 of the DDA 1995 has required businesses and other organisations to take reasonable steps to tackle physical features that act as a barrier to disabled people who want to access their services. Examples include:

           putting in a ramp to replace steps

           providing larger, well defined signs for people with a visual impairment

           improving access to toilet or washing facilities

 

THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 2005

 

In April 2005 a new Disability Discrimination Act was passed by Parliament, which amends or extends existing provisions in the DDA 1995, including:

           making it unlawful for operators of transport vehicles to discriminate against disabled people

           making it easier for disabled people to rent property and for tenants to make disability-related adaptations

           making sure that private clubs with 25 or more members cannot keep disabled people out, just because they have a disability

      extending protection to cover people who have HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis from the moment they are diagnosed

      ensuring that discrimination law covers all the activities of the public sector

      requiring public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people

Professor Omar Hasan Kasule, Sr. November, 2007