UK Standards

The Disability discrimination Act 1995

For existing buildings, the ‘Disability discrimination act 1995’ (DDA) requires that steps are taken to make reasonable adjustments to premises to provide disabled access in specified circumstances.

This may include, for example widening a doorway for wheel-chair access, or installing an induction loop system for the hard-of-hearing. In addition to the DDA itself, a code of practice, the ‘Disability discrimination act 1995 Code of practice - rights of access to goods, facilities, services and premises’ is available from the Disability Rights Commission. All of this is complementary to the access requirements of the Building regulations, which apply to new or newly-altered buildings.

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