Unit 1, Hardengreen Industrial Estate
EH22 3NX, Scotland
What Is DDA?
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) aims to end the discrimination which many disabled people face. This Act gives disabled people rights in the areas of:
- access to goods, facilities and services
- buying or renting land or property.
The employment rights and first rights of access came into force on 2 December, 1996; further rights of access came into force on 1 October, 1999; and the final rights of access came into force in October 2004.
Under the recent update in the DDA which came into effect in October 2004, service providers and building owners are required to make reasonable adjustments to existing premises to permit accessibility for people with disabilities when accessing their building.
Reasonable adjustments could be as simple as providing a ramp to allow access into your building or providing alternative access to the services you provide. Upgrading your lift to comply with the new standard where possible is a step in the right direction of meeting the needs of your customers with disabilities.