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Public attitudes to disability in Northern Ireland: summary report

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
Belfast

This factsheet presents an analysis of the disability part of the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey, which was conducted by the Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001. The most recent survey was commissioned by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland while the earlier surveys were conducted on behalf of the Northern Ireland Disability Council. The factsheet presents the findings of the 2001 survey and comparisons are drawn with the earlier surveys where statistically significant change has occurred.

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Disabled women in Northern Ireland: situation, experiences and identity

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
34p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Belfast

The primary aim of the research was to sketch a profile of the multiple identity group, disabled women; in simple terms, to answer the question 'How do people in this group define themselves?’ The focus is to consider how people understand and perceive their identity.

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Enabled?: recommendations for change to the Disability Discrimination Act in Northern Ireland

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
77p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Belfast

Legislation alone cannot create equality or change attitudes, but it can set clear standards of behaviour and provide redress for individuals who have met injustice and prejudice at the hands of others.  The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 acknowledged in law the existence of discrimination on grounds of disability and the need for legal remedies to counter it.  This was in marked contrast to earlier official views that any disadvantage experienced by disabled people was a natural result of their particular impairments, rather than the practice of discrimination. In Northern Ireland, work is underway to develop single equality legislation, and these recommendations for change to the DDA are consistent with the objective of seeking harmonised anti discrimination legislation, which gives full and effective protection of the civil rights of all protected groups.

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2004: overview of the key employment changes to the Disability Discrimination Act

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
Belfast

Significant changes to the employment provisions of the DDA were brought about by the Disability Discrimination (Amendment Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004 which came into effect on 1st October 2004 These amendments will implement the provisions of the EC Employment Framework Directive. One of the major changes is the removal of the small employer exemption which means the DDA will apply to all employers irrespective of size including employment in private households. This will have a major impact on both employers and disabled employees and job applicants in Northern Ireland as around 80% of Northern Ireland’s employers who were previously exempt will now have obligations under the DDA.

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Knowledge and awareness of the Disability Discrimination Act among service providers: summary report

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
12p., col. ill.
Place of publication:
Belfast

This report provides a summary of the key findings of research which examined knowledge and awareness of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) amongst service providers in three sectors – retail, finance, and leisure and entertainment. The aim of this research was to explore the extent to which service providers within these sectors in Northern Ireland have responded to the DDA.

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Code of practice: rights of access; goods, facilities, services and premises

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
203p.
Place of publication:
Belfast

The Equality Commission has produced this Code of Practice on Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Code provides guidance for service providers on the measures they should take from October 2004 to ensure that physical features do not make their services impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people to use. The Act sets out four possible options for service providers: removing, altering or avoiding a physical feature, or providing the service by alternative means. The DDA does not prescribe what approach the service provider should use. However, the Commission believes that good practice and the most sensible approach will be to remove or alter the physical barrier to the service wherever this is possible. This is undoubtedly the most effective long term solution for both the service provider and disabled people.

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