History of the Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is British legislation that protects disabled individuals being discriminated against. The legislation went into effect in 1995 and has since been amended to expand the rights of the disabled.

Definition of Disabled

Disabled, for the purposes of the legislation, is defined as a physical or mental impairment that adversely affects the ability of an individual to perform normal, daily activities.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This act was written to protect disabled individuals from the discrimination they often face on a daily basis and to establish a National Disability Council. The act makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled individuals in employment, access to services and property management.

Rights for the Disabled

The DDA gives specific rights to the disabled related to employment, health, education, access to goods, services, public transportation and housing.

Disability Discrimination Act 2005

The DDA 2005 amends the DDA 1995 to expand the protection for the disabled. It includes regulations that prohibit discrimination by public officials, for access to rail cars, private clubs and group insurance.

Equality Act 2010

Effective Oct. 1, 2010, the Equality Act 2010 will replace several sections of the DDA. It is intended to protect the rights and advance equality for all individuals as well as provide a new framework for discrimination law in Great Britain.

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Julie McMurchie has been writing family-related articles since 1990. Her work has appeared in "The Pony Express" and "California Kids Magazine." She studied composition and creative writing at Riverside Community College.