The Equality Act became law in 2010 and replaced the Disability Discrimination Act which had been in place since 1995. The act continues to make it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people in various areas of their lives, including work, education, travel and leisure. Sex discrimination and race relations are also covered by the Equality Act.

Under the Equality Act, disabled people are protected against direct and indirect discrimination in access to goods and services, as well as in employment. The Act also protects people (whether or not they themselves are disabled) from harassment or victimisation arising from disability. Service-providers are required to think ahead and make reasonable adjustments to improve access for disabled people.

If you or someone you know feel you have been treated unfairly or discriminated against because of disability, you might want to make a complaint or take legal action. How you proceed will depend on when the event/s occurred. If it was before 2010, the Disability Discrimination Act will still apply.

The Equality Advisory Support Service can give information and advice on

  • making a direct complaint
  • seeking help from a mediator to resolve any dispute
  • making a claim in a court or tribunal.

Tel:     0808 800 0082

You can also contact the Ataxia UK Helpline for guidance.