Protection against disability discrimination
The two laws that seek to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people by banning disability discrimination and which give enforceable legal rights to disabled people are the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Special Educational Needs & Disability (NI) Order 2005.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
The disability discrimination law it is in place to promote civil rights for people with disabilities and to protect people with disabilities from discrimination. It bans disability discrimination by employers against disabled job seekers and employees and by service providers against disabled service users. It imposes a duty on employers and service providers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people to help them to remove barriers in gaining and remaining in employment and in accessing and using goods and services. The main activities covered by the DDA are
- use/access to goods, facilities and services, including public buildings, shops and leisure facilities and to healthcare, housing and transport
- other functions carried out by public bodies, such as policing and issuing licences membership of private clubs and use of their facilities
- the legislation requires public bodies to promote equality of opportunity and minimum standards for people with disabilities.
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (legislation.gov.uk website)(external link)
- Human rights (government, citizens and rights section)