The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 introduced new laws aimed at ending the discrimination faced by many disabled people. The Act gave disabled people new rights of access to goods, facilities and services, as well as in employment and buying or renting property.
On 1st October 2010 the Equality Act 2010 repealed the Disability Discrimination Act (and subsequent regulations), with an aim of consolidating and streamlining discrimination legislation within Great Britain.
The Equality Act protects many of the previous provisions made under the Disability Discrimination Act, specifically with regards to access to services it:
- Provides protection for disabled people from direct discrimination in employment and related areas and other areas such as the provision of goods, facilities and services.
- Applies a Trigger point at which there is a duty to make reasonable adjustments for the disabled.
- Additional requirements relating to the provision of Auxiliary aids
What you need to do
As a service provider the Equality Act may require that you make:
- Changes to the way things are done (such as changing a process).
- Changes to the build environment (such as providing access to a building), for example the removal or reasonable avoidance of a physical barrier to access.
- Provide auxiliary aids and services (such as providing information in different formats or providing a different service).
How Can NIFES Help?
NIFES can provide assistance to help you improve the accessibility of your facilities and services for all users helping you remove barriers to access
Since the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was passed, NIFES has been involved in various aspects of Disability Access for a variety of Clients including Healthcare, Education and Commercial organisations.
Disabled access surveys to identify barriers to access are completed in accordance with the requirements of Equality Act and additionally sector specific requirements such as for educational facilities.
Survey recommendations are in accordance with published guidance including relevant Building Regulations, British Standards and other recommended access guidance for example published by UK government sectors and other disability rights bodies.
In addition to this NIFES has gone a step further with some clients, from the recommendation stage to specification and tendering stage for improvements to accessibility.
We have also assisted in the development of Access statements and the development of written policy and procedural documentation.
For more information, please contact:
Tel: 0845 168 684
Mob: 07786 277479