Disability Rights

Disability Rights

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

Disability Rights

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.

General Disability Rights Advice Providers what's this?

Cherry Tree Community Association
The mission of The Cherry Tree Community association is to provide top quality legal advice and assistance in welfare benefits, debt advice, consumer advice, employment advice and advocacy in order to set the best outcome for our clients.
Choices & Rights Disability Coalition
Choices & Rights Disability Coalition (CARDC) started in 1992 as a small voluntary campaigning group with no staff, resources or office and has developed into the leading disability organisation in the Hull & East Riding Area. Choices & Rights only allow disabled people to be members of the management board and is managed 100% by disabled people.
Citizens Advice, Hull and East Riding
Citizens Advice, Hull and East Riding is an independent charity providing free advice for the problems people face, helping them find a way forward
Hull Advice
Hull Advice is part of Hull City Council's Customer Service team. It provides a drop in service for Hull residents that gives advice on a whole range of issues including benefits, debt, housing, family, community care and employment. The Hull Advice team works on behalf of the customer, even if the customer has a dispute with the Council.

Disability Rights Information Advice Providers what's this?

Age UK Hull
Age UK Hull: promoting independent living and active ageing in Hull, and local services for local people.
Goodwin Development Trust / The Royal British Legion
We are a locally controlled and accountable organisation, committed to improving the Quality of Life within communities through identifying and addressing the needs of local people and by working in partnership with them and with statutory, voluntary and professional organisations.