Year 7 Diversity - Discrimination

Disability Discrimination Act
Information source: Directgov
What does disabled mean?
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
defines a disabled person as someone who
has a physical or mental impairment that
has a substantial and long-term adverse
effect on his or her ability to carry out
normal day-to-day activities.
Everyday life
The DDA gives disabled people important rights
not to be discriminated against:
in accessing everyday goods and services
like shops, cafes, banks, cinemas and places of
in buying or renting land or property
in accessing or becoming a member of a larger
private club
in accessing the functions of public bodies, like
the issuing of licenses for example
Under the DDA, it is unlawful for employers to
discriminate against disabled people for a reason related
to their disability, in all aspects of employment, unless
this can be justified. The Act covers things like:
application forms
interview arrangements
proficiency tests
job offers
terms of employment
promotion, transfer or training opportunities
work-related benefits such as access to recreation or
refreshment facilities
dismissal or redundancy
Disability Discrimination Act
Also covers:
• Health
• Education
• Mental health
• Motoring
• Transport
• Read section 2 of the news article
• In small groups use the De Bono thinking
hats that were introduced earlier in the
module and consider the view points of:
– The presenter
– Parents
Key Questions
Do you think that Cerrie Burnell has the
qualities and attributes to be a children’s
television presenter?
Do you think the parents that complained
are discriminating against Cerrie Burnell?

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