Friday, February 17, 2006

Accessibility in Northern Ireland

See this article. An excerpt:

The Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 will now enhance the civil rights of people with more disabilities, according to Equality Minister Jeff Rooker.

Suffers of cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis (MS) who are not yet showing signs of their illness will be protected by the order for the first time.

The new ruling will also provide extra protection for disabled people in other areas such as public transport, private clubs, when renting premises and in discriminatory job advertisements.

Mr Rooker believes the changes mark major progress in disability legislation.

"This ensures that more disabled people than ever before will be protected from discrimination," he said.

"People with mental ill health will no longer have to prove their condition is `clinically well-recognised` and disabled people living in rented premises will find it easier to have their homes adapted to meet their needs.

"It also means that people with disabilities will enjoy modes of transport which will become increasingly accessible."

The legislation, which was welcomed by Bob Collins, Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission, also require all trains to be fully accessible by 2020 (buses and coaches are already required to be fully accessible by 2022).


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