Against The Disabled
There has always been
discrimination against disabled people and less favorable treatment of
people suffering from mental or physical disabilities. People with disabilities
have been consistently discriminated against both in employment and in
other areas of life.
AN OVERVIEW OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DISABLED PEOPLE
Until 1995 in the United Kingdom, the law only intervened
in the area of employment of disabled people. For example, only certain
classes of jobs could employ people with disabilities and be registered
as such. Now legislation also covers other areas like education and public
transport. Previously, there were no set requirements for service providers
to make their services accessible to the people with disabilities. This
often presented considerable difficulties to people with physical disabilities
to gain access to premises.
An act of Parliament, the Disability Discrimination Act
of 1995, introduced requirements in the fields of employment and the provision
of services to outlaw certain aspects of discrimination against disabled
people. To comply with the requirements of the law, businesses subject
to it have to incur considerable costs. Nevertheless the specifications
still fall short of the demands made by campaigners on behalf of disabled
people. Disabled people can however take action on an individual basis
when they are discriminated against. Unfortunately the Act only affects
employers of 20 people or more.
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