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Although we have all grown used to the DDA providing protection against disability discrimination, the current law in this area is the Equality Act 2010, which brings together various different pieces of anti-discrimination legislation.
This part of the site looks at good design practice and products to help businesses ensure that they are being fair to disabled customers and staff. It is a legal requirement to make “reasonable adjustments” to physical features of your premises to remove barriers that prevent disabled people from accessing your services.
For interest, the Equality Act 2010 covers all these areas:
• age
• disability
• gender reassignment, which covers transsexual people
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• race, which includes ethnic or national origins, colour and nationality
• religion or belief
• sex
• sexual orientation
Click for more details about the provisions of the Equality Act 2010
The Independent Living disabled access area covers:
Access Audits which enable you to find out how accessible your business is
Accessibility for people with mobility problems
Sensory Impairments
Learning Disabilities and cognitive impairments
Impaired Dexterity

Fully accessible conveniences at Moto Southwaite

What’s reasonable?

Is it reasonable to expect public conveniences? Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Closomat, considers the balance between what disabled people, building designers and building operators want. The image is of […]

Helping Hand Accessibility card

Helping Hand accessibility card

Feb 05, 2018

Accessibility card removes the need for explanations The Helping Hand accessibility card has been developed by one of the UK’s bus companies, to allow passengers who need some assistance to […]

getting back on track

Getting Back on Track

Dec 29, 2017

New student design competition Specialist law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp has launched Getting Back on Track, a new competition to design products that will improve the lives of people with […]

Fully accessible toilets at the Velvet Coaster

What’s your excuse?

Business owners and facilities managers have all sorts of excuses for not providing fully accessible toilets Kelvin Grimes, Closomat away from home advisor, writes about the excuses he hears, and […]

Bridge to Work supports young disabled Londoners

Bridge to Work

City of London Corporation launches Bridge to Work This is a new £3.3 million scheme, which will open up employment opportunities for young disabled Londoners. Bridge to Work is funded […]

Geraldine Lundy opening the symposium on accessible air travel

Perfect weather to fly!

Chris Wood of Flying Disabled is an indefatigable campaigner for accessible air travel, and has written this article for us about the latest developments in the journey towards comfortable flying […]