The Equality Act 2010 gives rights to disabled people (and those associated with them, such as friends or relatives) not to be discriminated against because of the disabled person’s disability. It also gives disabled people a right to "reasonable adjustments " – which can be any equipment or support which an employer or service provider could provide – to remove barriers to accessing the service / employment. This could include providing information in alternative formats, ramps to enable access to buildings, or communication support.
The definition of disabled people in the Act is wide and it includes many people with long term health conditions who may not consider themselves to be disabled.
The links below may help if you or someone you know is being discriminated against in relation to work, access to everyday services, education or public transport.
Useful websites to visit
The below websites can help provide Information and guidance on disability discrimination issues
- Choices and Rights Disability Coalition - Choices and Rights are an organisation run and controlled exclusively by disabled people in the Hull and East Riding area, providing a variety of services to support disabled people and their families.
- Equality Advisory Support Service - The EASS Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. Resources, including template letters are also available on the website.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission - Guidance for individuals, organisations and business on all aspects of the Equality Act 2010 and on human rights issues.
- Disability Law Service - The Disability Law Service provides telephone advice on the following areas of law: Goods and Services (Disability Discrimination and MS enquiries), Community Care, Disability Discrimination, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Employment, Factsheets can also be downloaded from the website
- Gov.uk - Government website containing information about disabled people’s rights in relation to employment, education, policy, equality act and the United Nations( UN) Convention on disabled people’s rights.
Special Educational Needs
- Independent Parental Special Education Advice - IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
- KIDS - KIDS provides various services and support to children and young people up to the age of 25, and their families.
If you have a Disability Rights issue there are details of advice providers available below, and websites providing information about Disability Rights here.