It provides legal rights for disabled people in the areas of: • employment • education • access to goods, services and facilities including larger private clubs and land based transport services • buying and renting land or property functions of public bodies, for example the issuing of licenses The Equality Act also provides rights for people not to be directly discriminated against or harassed because they have an association with a disabled person. This can apply to a carer or parent of a disabled person. In addition, people must not be directly discriminated against or harassed because they are wrongly perceived to be disabled. Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Protects the rights of all those with disabilities.
It also places a duty on schools (and other organisations) to eliminate barriers to ensure that individuals can gain equal access to services, Disability Discrimination Act 2005 Places a duty for schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme (DES) and an Access Plan. Schools must encourage participation in all aspects of schools life and eliminate harassment and unlawful discrimination. Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001 The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) establishes legal rights for disabled students in pre and post-16 education.
The Act introduces the right for disabled students not to be discriminated against in education, training and any services provided wholly or mainly for students, and for those enrolled on courses provided by ‘responsible bodies’, including further and higher education institutions and sixth form colleges. Student services covered by the Act can include a wide range of educational and non-educational services, such as field trips, examinations and assessments and short courses.