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Shops and other service providers asked to "be
reasonable" and remove barriers to access for disabled people
On 26 February 2002 The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) will launch a new Code of Practice offering advice to businesses ands services in Britain on how to overcome physical barriers to access experienced by disabled people.
The DRC is calling for service providers to "be reasonable" and start "putting their house in order" for disabled customers now prior to The rights of Access for disabled People becoming law in 2004 under the Disability discrimination Act.
The Code calls for reasonable adjustments to be made to around 2 million businesses and services of all sizes throughout Britain who have not yet complied with the requirements of the Disability discrimination Act 1995.
Reasonable adjustments usually involve simple low cost changes to premises or the way a service is provided which will help disabled people, and help businesses tap into the estimated £40 billion spending power of disabled consumers in Britain each year.
The DRC has also produced three publications to help disabled people , small businesses and other service providers understand the Code of Practice :
A Practical Guide For Small Businesses; offering practical information for small businesses about the "reasonable adjustments" required under the new Code
2004 - what it means for disabled People; a summary of rights of disabled people under the new Code
2004 - what it means for service providers; a summary of the legal duties on service providers under the new Code
Facts On Disability
The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body set up by an Act of Parliament in April 2000 to enforce the rights of disabled people.
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