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From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply. Find out about the protection and legal rights the Equality Act provides for disabled people.

Disabled right to access.  goods, services, facilities and premises
The Equality Act 2010 provides important rights not to be discriminated against or harassed:

  • in accessing everyday goods and services like shops, cafes, banks, cinemas and places of worship
  • in buying or renting land or property
  • in accessing or becoming a member of a larger private club (25 or more members)
  • in accessing the functions of public bodies

Everyday services
Disabled people have important rights of access to everyday services. This includes services provided by:

  • local councils
  • doctors’ surgeries
  • shops
  • hotels
  • banks
  • pubs
  • post offices
  • theatres
  • hairdressers
  • places of worship
  • courts
  • voluntary groups such as play groups
  • Non-educational services provided by schools are also included.

Access to services is not just about physical access, it is about making services easier to use for everybody.

DisabledGo and Direct Enquiries are online directories with detailed access information about venues across the UK. You can search the database, and filter results so that you can check whether a venue is suitable for your own individual needs.

(All the information above is taken from the DirectGov website for more details on any of the above issues please click here)