All disabled people have the same rights as able-bodied people. If you feel your rights are not being respected you can complain.
There are two acts that ensure discrimination against disabled people is prevented. These are the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) Act 1999.
These acts outline the rights of disabled people in the areas of:
- Access to goods, facilities and services.
- Buying or renting land or property.
The Equal & Human Rights Commission is an organisation set up by Parliament to eliminate discrimination against disabled people and promote equal opportunity.
They work with disabled people, employers and service providers to achieve practical solutions that work for everyone. Many disabled people are not aware that their disability entitles them to rights and help in their daily lives.
The Equal & Human Rights Commission is there to help and advise – visit the ‘Contact’ section of their website to see how they can help; http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/Pages/contactus.aspx.
To be treated equally is a basic right for everyone. If you feel that others are getting different or better treatment that you, whatever the situation and whoever is doing it, you have the right to complain.
Who can help?
The Equal & Human Rights Commission will be able to tell you exactly what your rights are, including education; employment; independent living and transport.
The following links can also provide advice and information about your rights and changing laws on accessibility to services, employment and education buildings: