Monday, 31 March 2008

31/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Addicts in the work place
By Joanne Gordon
However, an employee cannot claim addiction is a disability as alcoholism and drug addictions are specifically excluded from the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). But severe depression caused by, or related to, ...
HR Advice On-Line - http://www.hradviceon-line.co.uk/blog

Natioanl Deaf Childrens' Society Hits Out at NAC's Proposal
By Chris Archer(Chris Archer)
I am sure that you will be aware of the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act as amended in 2005 to create Disability Equality Scheme Action Plans for any proposed change to education services, and I would therefore also ...
www.SaveOurSchools.org.uk - http://northayrshirecares.blogspot.com/

 
 


 

29/03/2008

DCS Web Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

Parliament: Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Deparmental ...
This new Disability Equality Scheme has been published in full and summary ... We have set up a Disability Equality Scrutiny and Advisory Group made up of ...

Friday, 28 March 2008

28/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

New Jubilee storm
St. Albans Observer - St. Albans,England,UK
It fails to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. "If the district council had spent some money on the venue, for all I know the ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Shared Experience.
By John(John)
"Most" disabled people want to work they declare, and of course the Disability Discrimination Act has made all of that possible the propaganda assures us! David Freud's advice to Government meanwhile is that our own physicians' ...
Hivbenefits.co.uk - Blog. ( a... - http://hivdlareview.blogspot.com/

DCS Comments for: Disability Equalities Duty

More question than answers

The Disabilities Equalities Duty requires authorities to involve disabled people in there processes to ensure that the Disability Discrimination Act is fulfilled. They are also obliged to help disabled organisations grow to be able to meet the needs and requirements of the authority.

My local council Wyre Borough Council has asked for volunteers in various areas to help identify any disabled issues that there might be with the car parks within the borough. This raises the following points:-

  1. Why should any one volunteer using there own time skill and transport? Or is it that the disabled get paid anyway and should repay the state by giving their time free?

    The people from the council expect to be paid for a job done.

  2. The person in charge of the project which is part of their disability equalities scheme admits that they have only done some disability awareness training and is not necessarily qualified to do an access audit , hence the reason for the disabled volunteers input.
  3. There is a local charitable disability organisation rub by the disabled which is more than qualified to do the audits and is struggling to make ends meet.


     

    I think you can see where I am going with this, I am sure the volunteers have been requested for the best possible reasons, but is this just a sop to keep the disabled quiet? Do the council really understand their obligations under the DED? Why aren't they prepared to pay for expert services provided by an access charity?


     

    Andy


     


 

Thursday, 27 March 2008

27/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

This post started as a response to a detailed comment by David ...
By Nearly Legal
But that is the point of the DDA in general - otherwise lawful acts are unlawful if they constitute disability discrimination. It is hard to escape the logic of Malcolm, once it is acknowledged that an otherwise lawful possession claim ...
Nearly Legal - http://nearlylegal.co.uk/blog

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

26/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

The Ethics of Embryology
The Edinburgh Journal - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
They illustrate just how rapidly medical research has developed since the original Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990. That Act allowed the ...
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New laws mean CIOs need to consider disabled workers needs, but is ...
CIO Latest News - London,UK
Firms increasingly recognise that the UK's Disability Discrimination Act puts the onus on them to carry out "reasonable adjustments" to their websites and ...
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Disabled people not suspects
nebusiness.co.uk - UK
... even though this is likely to breach the Disability Discrimination Act. In the public sector, where discrimination is less frequent, employers are ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Should Muslim Taxi drivers refuse to carry guide dogs
By grumpylarry
Magistrates at Marylebone fined Mr Majekodumni 200 and ordered him to pay 1200 for failing to comply with regulations set out under the Disability Discrimination Act. After the case Mr Majekodunmi remained defiant and insisted that he ...
My Telegraph : grumpylarry - http://my.telegraph.co.uk/grumpylarry/

Why Accessibility Is Easy
By johnbeenblog
The issue bubbles away in boardrooms even now as legal teams scramble to advise their clients on the best way to conform to changes in the Disability Discrimination Act, Section 508, and other such legislative decrees from various ...
johnbeenblog - http://blogs.hero-movies.com/johnbeenblog

Never judge a Book by its cover, or a Guest by Apperances!
By The Innkeeper
The motive for making these new rooms accessible to those less able, was not because I wanted to do the decent thing and conform to the new Disability Discrimination Act, but financial. I used the new laws to obtain planning permission. ...
My Telegraph : The Innkeeper - http://my.telegraph.co.uk/the_innkeeper/


 

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

25/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Behind the face
Guardian - UK
... by the Disability Discrimination Act, schools have a duty to raise awareness and ensure these pupils are not subject to negative reactions and bullying. ...
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Town Hall's future in doubt
Shields Gazette - South Shields,England,UK
Planning officers have ruled out a more public use of the building as it cannot be adapted to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. A ...
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22/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

University to remove 1960s footbridge
Yorkshire Post - Leeds,England,UK
... with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. Rebuilding it would have been technically difficult as well as prohibitively expensive. ...
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Bramley cabbie angry at disability training fee
Bramley Today - UK
Mr Broxholme, 63, says taxi drivers across Leeds are furious after being told to pay £40 for a Disability Discrimination Awareness Training course, ...
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21/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Employee who is disabled claims he has rights
Pulse - London,UK
Whether a person is disabled for the purposes of employment law is governed by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 ("DDA"). ...
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Nobbled again...
York Press - York,UK
... a survey of the Clementhorpe area was undertaken to look at bringing the footways up to compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act. "The survey ...
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Mother forced to go to her diabetic son's school every lunchtime ...
Daily Mail - UK
But under the Disability Discrimination Act diabetes is classed as a disability and children shouldn't be discriminated against because of their disability. ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

DDA and mandatory possession
By Nearly Legal
S v Floyd [2008] EWCA Civ 201 is a Court of Appeal case in which the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is considered in relation to a mandatory (Ground possession claim by a private landlord. In some ways, there is nothing particularly ...
Nearly Legal - http://nearlylegal.co.uk/blog

Thursday, 20 March 2008

20/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Out with the old Rep and in with the new
BirminghamMail.net - Birmingham,UK
ONE of Birmingham's oldest theatres has closed for a programme of renovations to be carried out so it complies with the Disability Discrimination Act. The ...
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Big idea for new school makes the grade with city parents
Scotsman - United Kingdom
Parents say it does not meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, and gym, recreation and communal areas are "severely restricted". ...
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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

19/03/2008

DCS Web Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

DISABILITY EQUALITY SCHEME
The key feature of this duty is the requirement to. produce a Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan (DES). The Disability Equality Scheme and ...

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Paul Rowen launches new RO web site
Rochdale Online - Rochdale,England,UK
Built to the latest accessibility guidelines, taking into account the Disability Discrimination Act, the site is cross browser and cross platform compatible ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

A Contentious Lunchtime Thought?
By Alastair Revell(Alastair Revell)
It occurred to me that a similar approach could be very effective at ensuring commercial .uk web sites comply with existing UK legislation (such as the Companies Act 2006 and the Disability Discrimination Act 2005). ...
Alastair Revell - Blog - http://blogs.rrs.co.uk/revella/

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

18/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Super-Regulator' Sharpens Focus On Accessibility
By Majeed Saleh
broadcasting and IT and European law. Currently, the UK's Disability Discrimination Act covers services such as websites or the sale of mobile phones in a high street shop - outlawing discrimination in these ...
E-Access Blog - http://www.headstar.com/eablive

DCS News Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

MPs claim cuts to disabled services are a breach of human rights
Scotsman - United Kingdom
Anne Begg, the Labour MP for Aberdeen South, backed the claims and said: "Under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, Aberdeen City Council has a duty to ...
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MP Threatens To Sue Aberdeen City Council Over Cutbacks
Glasgow Daily Record - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
Many depend on services from the council to give them a reasonable quality of life and support in dealing with their disability."
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Monday, 17 March 2008

17/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Dyslexic receptionist is making dangerous errors
Pulse - London,UK
Dyslexia is specifically recognised as a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. As such all employers who have employees that suffer from ...
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16/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Road pricing boost for company cars
Times Online - UK
There is no legislation specifically protecting overweight workers, but the Disability Discrimination Act could be applicable in certain circumstances. ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Work ...
By John(John)
The Disability Discrimination Act does cover making "suitable adjustments". However this relies on you telling your employer about your illness. With all the issues that brings over disclosure. Insisting on your rights can be taken as ...
John's personal thoughts - http://hivbenefitsjpt.blogspot.com/

Bridge set to be demolished this weekend
By Joe Chapman
Earlier in the term, the decision was taken not to replace the bridge as access to it did not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, and to adapt it to such needs would be "prohibitively expensive" according to Lilley, ...
Nouse.co.uk - http://www.nouse.co.uk

15/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

This smells of Simon Wessely DLA applicants beware!
If that is refused, it will be in contravention of Disability Discrimination Act. Second, instead of just answering, sometimes irrelevant questions, one should point out the irrelevancy and keep silent. One must carefully plan one's ...
Pesticides in our bodies - http://journals.aol.co.uk/bettineolive/Pesticidesinblood/

DCS News Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

Raising disability awareness in schools
Teaching Expertise - London,UK
The 2005 amendment is much broader and there is now a Disability Equality Duty (DED) which has required disability equality schemes since December 2006 in ...
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14/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

Spot checks proposed to ensure recruitment not discriminatory
Clickdocs - Edinburgh,UK
The proposals could be included in the Single Equality Bill, which will replace 116 pieces of equality legislation with a single duty on employers not to ...
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Thursday, 13 March 2008

13/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Taking on the system
Guardian - UK
How will they meet their Disability Discrimination Act obligations? Last week we organised a rally outside Essex Road post office, complete with banners, ...
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Disabled man's two-year gas bill row
Blackpool Gazette - Blackpool,England,UK
Bill Alker from the RNIB said: "We receive more complaints about this than any other part of the Disability Discrimination Act. "He may have protection ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Meanings of disability
By THE SUSPECTS(THE SUSPECTS)
There are several meanings of disability: 1. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines disability in this way: A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse ...
ACCESS FOR THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - http://gck3.blogspot.com/

The Emotions of Being Disabled in South Shields
By Wheelchairsteve(Wheelchairsteve)
It really disappoints me that well over 3 years since the Disability Discrimination Act required that all premises must make alterations to enable disabled people to access their premises, and be able to use facilities like toilets, ...
WheelchairSteve - http://stevewilk.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

12/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

College gets a lift thanks to major investment
MidLothian Today - Dalkeith,Scotland,UK
The 'A' listed building, which dates back to the 16th century, is now fully accessible and compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Is deafness a disability?
By peter bracken
Well, where does God's will stop and our responsibility to act start? Was the Holocaust God's will? Nuff said. The slightly more credible strand of his position is that deafness is not a disability at all, that it enjoys a unique and ...
Peter Bracken - http://peterbracken.wordpress.com

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

11/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Website Accessibility - Need and Basic Guidelines
By webmaster(webmaster)
Many website owners know that their website is available in the internet for visitors to access information but possibly may not know whether their website is easily accessible and even be unaware about Disability Discrimination Act
...
Webmaster News - http://webmasters-news.blogspot.com/

DCS News Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

MPs shocked by abuse in care of learning disabled
Yorkshire Post - Leeds,England,UK
... called for a "culture change" to meet the aspirations of the Government's Human Rights Act and the Duty to Promote Disability Equality. ...
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Equality watchdog wants 'spot checks' at work
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
... and replace them with a single duty on employers not to discriminate on the grounds of race, faith, gender, sexuality, age or disability. ...
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DCS Comments and Observations

I have recently come across a nice 'story' which illustrates the difference between making physical adaptations by service providers and the social model of disability. There is a nice twist to the tale as it is seen in reverse to emphasize how the disabled feel about their situation.

There was once a village in which all the inhabitants were wheelchair users. Gradually, as the years passed, they began to realise that it was unnecessary to have high ceilings and doorways, and new houses in the village came to be built with ceilings 5' 3" high and doorways 4' 9" high. In time these measurements became enshrined in the village's building regulations, and in many other respects -- height of shop counters, absence of steps -- the village became perfectly adapted for wheelchair users.

A small number of able-bodied people were obliged, by circumstances beyond their control, to come and live in the village. They found some aspects of life in the village awkward. They had to walk bent over under the low ceilings and kept bumping their heads on the doorways. The village doctor, who was of course a wheelchair user, saw a constant stream of able-bodied people complaining of backache and bruised foreheads.
Hats

On his recommendation, hard hats were issued free of charge to all able-bodied people by the village authorities. Special splints and crutches were also developed to enable able-bodied people to walk bent over at the "correct" height. These were intended to combat not only the low ceiling problem but also the difficulty able-bodied people had in communicating when their faces were so far above the level of everybody else's. Of course the helmets, splints and crutches gave rise to aches and pains of their own.

Seeing the sorry plight of the able-bodied, groups of well-meaning wheelchair users got together to help them. Soon the bar in the village pub and the counters in the village shops sported upturned hard hats bearing the legend "Help the Able-bodied" into which people put their loose change. Painted plaster models of able-bodied people with hard hats and splints, and in the characteristic bent-over posture, appeared in shop doorways with a slot in the top for money.

Matters came to a head when an able-bodied person applied for a job as a presenter on the village television channel and was turned down. The channel's bosses said that, while they recognised the need for able-bodied people to be better represented on television, an able-bodied person with a stoop, a bent head and a hard hat covering the upper part of his or her face, simply did not have the on-screen presence necessary for the job of presenter.

After this, able-bodied people got together and formed a self-help group. They realised that they were never involved in the management of their own affairs and resolved to fight exclusion from mainstream life. They felt that their problems were social ones and had social solutions. In fact, they realised that there were no problems; only solutions.

Of course the wheelchair users felt that the able-bodied were failing to accept and adjust to their disabilities; that they had chips on their shoulders. But the able-bodied said, "We have to challenge the idea that able-bodied people must adapt. What we should be aiming at is to redesign the normal world so that we can all function in it equally. This is to focus on diversity and celebrate the difference."

Andy

Monday, 10 March 2008

10/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

MPs critical of 'vulnerable' health care
ePolitix - UK
... implemented in health care facilities so that the aims laid out in the government's Human Rights Act and Duty to Promote Disability Equality are met. ...
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New 'fairness' Act to replace equality laws
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
Since 2000, public authorities have had a legal duty to "promote race equality" - extended to include disability equality in 2006 and sex equality last year ...
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08/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

CARE HOME ADULTS 'BEING DEGRADED'
By English Rose(English Rose)
... called for a "culture change" to bring the provision of services of adults with learning disabilities in line with the aspirations of the Government's Human Rights Act and the Duty to Promote Disability Equality. ...
English Rose - http://english-rose-uk.blogspot.com/

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Bus stop bay threatens Tom's fishmonger trade
East London Advertiser - London,England,UK
But when the Advertiser put that suggestion to Transport for London, a City Hall said "no," then cited the Disability Discrimination Act. Their spokeswoman ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Laurence Clark - 12% evil
By Rich
Pretty much all of the material relates to his disability or peoples reaction to it - and that brings with it one or two layers of additional thought in the response. Laughter is a spontaneous reaction and if you find yourself thinking ...
Rich Batsford - http://www.richbatsford.com

Friday, 7 March 2008

07/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

Many disabled HE workers experience prejudice, says report
Guardian - UK
It calls on colleges, universities and other training and educational institutions to embrace fully their disability equality duty, "even where that ...
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Parliamentary committee finds widespread discrimination despite ...
Communitycare.co.uk - Sutton,UK
... revealed that the human rights of people with learning disabilities were being generally neglected despite the Disability Equality Duty, the Disability
...
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Learning difficulty adults 'abused'
The Press Association -
... of adults with learning disabilities in line with the aspirations of the Government's Human Rights Act and the Duty to Promote Disability Equality. ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability Equality Duty

UK: Care Home Adults 'Being Tortured' Report
By J. P. Anderson(J. P. Anderson)
... called for a "culture change" to bring the provision of services of adults with learning disabilities in line with the aspirations of the Government's Human Rights Act and the Duty to Promote Disability Equality. ...
Lost Children In The Wilderness - http://lostchildreninthewilderness.blogspot.com/

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Broken ramps, lack of space ... bendy buses fail the disabled ...
This is London - London,England,UK
A TfL spokesman said: "Huge progress has been made in making London buses more accessible and the requirements set out in the Disability Discrimination Act
...
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End of era at Millwey
Devon 24 - UK
... in Millwey Rise, is in need of work to bring it up to health and safety standards and to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act. Among the ...
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Fight for a woman's right to choose
Socialist Party - UK
They were not only successful in the struggle for abortion rights, but also for equal pay and sex discrimination legalisation. But there is still a battle ...
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Tuesday, 4 March 2008

04/03/2008

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Ditch the stereotypes
Times Online - UK
This was broadened to include cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. McGuire considers this a victory. ...
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The business view
Times Online - UK
... provides all its 210000 members with comprehensive legal advice regarding their obligations as employers under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). ...
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DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Dyslexia and the Civil Service
By Majeed Saleh
Under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act public sector employers must make "reasonable" adjustments to facilities to allow access by all staff. "What is 'reasonable adjustment'? The reactive definition in common law is ...
E-Access Blog - http://www.headstar.com/eablive

Monday, 3 March 2008

03/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Carers can be discriminated against too!
By Joanne Gordon
The case is Coleman versus Attridge Law where an employee brought a claim under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 against the law firm she worked for, alleging she had been treated less favourably and harassed because of her son's ...
HR Advice On-Line - http://www.hradviceon-line.co.uk/blog

DCS News Alert for: Disability discrimination act

NO LIFT, BUT TINSIDE LIDO CAN STILL OPEN
Plymouth Evening Herald - Plymouth,England,UK
... we made provision in the budget for £500000 for a lift to make the Tinside pool compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. "That followed a ...
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Saturday, 1 March 2008

01/03/2008

DCS Blogs Alert for: Disability discrimination act

Veiled confusion
By calummegan
If the deaf person can't do their job as a result, they could sue under the Disability Discrimination Act. The Muslim woman could sue under Religious Discrimination. Who is right? 8. The Muslim custom of wearing a veil could be ...
Calummegan's Weblog - http://calummegan.wordpress.com