Changes in disabled people's rights
(I think this comes to us from Australia - Brian.)
Employers were today issued with a checklist to help them comply with far-reaching
changes in disabled people's rights.
The code has been draw up by a leading charity just weeks before the first
provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act come into force.
Radar, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, says the
checklist will help company managers, restaurants, shops and cinemas prepare
for the change in the law.
The charity says that from December 2 it will be illegal to:
:: Turn a wheelchair user away from a cinema if the manager cannot prove
the individual poses a health risk
:: Refuse to serve a deaf person in a pub
:: Insist a person with cerebral palsy sits out of sight of other diners
:: Dismiss a person because they are diabetic
:: Reject promotion for somebody on the basis of their history of mental
:: Refuse to let accommodation to a person with a learning difficulty.
Radar director Bert Massie said: "Employers and service providers
should not assume this is the last word on outlawing discrimination against
"Pressure will grow for more legislation to strengthen this Act."
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