The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995
The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people in employment, in the provision of goods and services, and in the sdale or letting of premises.
The employment provisions cover all aspects of working life including recruitment, training, promotions and dismissal. They apply to all employers who have more than fifteen employees.
What are the implications for you as an employer?
In terms of recruitment, the act does not require that you must give preference to a disabled person over someone who is not disabled. It just aims to ensure that a disabled person, who could be the best person for the job, is considered fairly.
Employers may also have to make 'reasonable adjustments' if their premises or working arrangements place a disabled person at a disadvantage compared to a person without a disability. Necessary adjustments are often simple changes that can be made at little or no cost to the employer.
There is a DDA helpline which provides a one stop point for all your enquiries about the DDA and employing disabled people.