DDA and SOURCES OF INFORMATION
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The DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT

The 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force in December 1996. Many employers and service providers have taken action and removed practices and facilities which could discriminate against people with disabilities. Some have brought in practices and procedures and provided auxilliary equipment that was required by October 1999 in stage III of the Act. Some have also removed physical barriers as required by the deadline of October 2004.

However, plenty of others will not have done all of this or, in some cases, any of it. The Disability Rights Commission came into being in April 2000 and all the signs are that the requirements and actions recommended under the DDA are becoming more stringent.

The DDA 2005 places additional duties on statutory bodies, including local authorities, health services and the police. It also reduces the exemptions for private clubs and increases the expectations on housing service providers.

The question of what to do to be within the act is difficult because precise actions are not set down. A code of practice on actions to consider was issued in October 1999 and this has been updated to include what should be done to remove physical barriers.

The basic requirement is
NOT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES,
particularly when providing services. Many of the actions that can help in this are comparatively easy to undertake and do not necessarily need to cost a lot. Common sense, practical action and some understanding of the factors of disability will carry a designer, developer or service provider a long way towards providing an equal service for disabled people.

DDA GUIDANCE NOTES

The best indications of what to work towards are in the DDA Codes of Practice and Part M of the Building Regulations. Items that were to the standard of Part M (1999) before 2004 are counted as being acceptable for ten years from the date that they were provided.

The British Standard (BS:8300) on access to buildings for disabled people was issued in 2002 and is regularly updated in the light of experience or more research. This British Standard was used as the basis for the more up to date Part M of the Building Regulations (2004).

BS:8300 and Part M (2004) standards should be used for all current work. Other guidance is available such as design information published by the Centre for Accessible Environments, The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID), the Department of Transport and the Fieldfare Trust (for countryside and open spaces) .

access2go provides a set of guidance notes to help service and facility providers in working towards not discriminating against disabled people. All these web pages are designed so that they can easily be printed off and distributed if needed.

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The information in this web site is provided as a free service by a disability access consultant. A limited response service is available by sending an email to access2go.1@ntlworld.com

Please note the dot after access2go

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

THE CENTRE FOR ACCESSIBLE ENVIRONMENTS

Provider of technical information, training and consultancy in making the environment accessible.

70, South Lambeth Road,
LONDON,
SW8 1RL.
Tel: 020 7840 0125
Fax: 020 7840 5811
email: info@cae.org.uk
web site: http://www.cae.org.uk

Publications include:

DESIGNING FOR ACCESSIBILITY.

ACCESS AUDITS.
This includes Designing for Accessibility, plus audit guidance and check lists.

ACCESS TO ATMS (Automatic Teller Machines)
Contains useful areas of reach and vision charts.

PART M of the BUILDING REGULATIONS

Published by The Stationery Office and available from:
The Publications Centre,
(Mail, Telephone and Fax Orders only),
PO BOX 276,
LONDON,
SW8 5DT.
General Enquiries 0171 873 0011
Telephone Orders 0171 873 9090
Fax Orders 0171 873 8200.

Also available from The Stationery Office Bookshops

It is becoming a requirement for new projects to have an Access Statement. As well as detailing the developer's intentions for the physical design of a building, the statement needs to refer to management factors, such as processes and procedures for operating services from the premises. These should include means of escape for disabled people in an emergency.
See a web page of a consultant who can provide Access Statements.

The ACCESS ASSOCIATION

Organisation of access professionals, particularly local government access officers and access consultants.

Membership Secretary:
Email: accessassoc@uk2.net
Web Site: accessassociation.co.uk

DDA HELPLINE - DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION (now part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission - since Autumn 2007)

Provider of information on the DDA, including the Codes of Practice and advice on individual situations.

DRC Helpline,
FREEPOST
MIDO 2164
Stratford upon Avon CV37 9BR

Telephone: 08457 622 633
Fax: 08457 778 878
Textphone: 08457 622 644
email: ddahelp@stra.sitel.co.uk
Website: www.drc-gb.org

NATIONAL REGISTER of ACCESS CONSULTANTS

A newly formed register to ensure access consultants and auditors are of a professional quality.

70, South Lambeth Road,
LONDON,
SW8 1RL.
Tel: 020 7735 7845
Fax: 020 7840 5811
email: info@nrac.org.uk
web site: http://www.nrac.org.uk

ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND (RNIB)

Provides consultancy on visual issues.

105, Judd Street,
LONDON WC1H 9NE

Telephone: 020 7388 1266
Fax: 020 7388 2034
email: helpline@rnib.org.uk
Website: www.rnib.org.uk

ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (RNID)

Provides consultancy on hearing issues.

19-23, Featherstone Street,
LONDON EC1Y 8SL

>Tel: 020 7296 8137
Fax: 020 7296 8199
Textphone: 020 7296 8137
email: information@rnid.org.uk
Website: www.rnid.org.uk

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