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Disability discrimination

Information about disability discrimination and how and where it may affect you. Includes information on your rights not to be treated unfairly because of your disability.

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  • Disability discriminationthis link opens in a new window

    Disability definition and taking action on disability discrimination in employment, access to goods and services, education, public transport. Gives organisations that can help.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • The law about disability discriminationthis link opens in a new window

    If you are disabled, or have had a disability, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) makes it unlawful for you to be discriminated against in certain situations. Explains the legal definition of disability and what the law means by disability discrimination.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Your rights and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)this link opens in a new window

    An introduction to your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), a piece of legislation that promotes civil rights for disabled people and protects disabled people from discrimination.

    From: Directgov

  • Access to servicesthis link opens in a new window

    It is against the law for service providers to treat you less favourably because of a disability, and they must make ?reasonable adjustments? for you, such as giving you extra help or changing the way they provide their services.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Access to everyday servicesthis link opens in a new window

    The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) gives disabled people important rights of access to everyday services. Service providers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to premises or to the way they provide a service.

    From: Directgov

  • Rights of access to health and social carethis link opens in a new window

    Disabled people share the same general rights of access to health and social care as other people, but there are also some special provisions under the Disability Discrimination Act.

    From: Directgov

  • Disability in educationthis link opens in a new window

    If you are a disabled pupil or student at school or in higher or further education, or if you are a prospective pupil or student and think you have been discriminated against, you may be able to challenge this under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Learning and your rightsthis link opens in a new window

    The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 amended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to make unjustified discrimination by education providers against disabled pupils, students and adult learners unlawful. The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 took things further, giving most public authorities a positive duty to promote disability equality.

    From: Directgov

  • Disability discrimination in educationthis link opens in a new window

    Explains the duties of schools and local education authorities to ensure disabled students are not discriminated against in terms of admission to the school or the education they receive. Also applies to colleges and universities.

    From: Liberty

  • Making reasonable adjustmentsthis link opens in a new window

    In most circumstances, service providers must make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers ? physical or otherwise ? that could make it difficult or impossible for disabled customers to use their services .

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Your human rights - a guide for disabled peoplethis link opens in a new window

    Information on how disabled people can use their human rights to challenge bad treatment.

    From: British Institute of Human Rights

  • Guidance: Equality Act 2010this link opens in a new window

    Here you will find guidance and good practice to help you understand and use forthcoming Equality Act law. Includes guidance for employers, workers, service users and service providers.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

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