House of Lords Committee on Equality Act releases report

“The Government is failing in its duty of care to disabled people” says today’s report from the House of Lords Committee on the Equality Act.

It concluded that the Government is failing in its duty of care to disabled people. From taxi drivers refusing to take disabled people, to “disgraceful” accessibility at sports grounds, to pubs and clubs failing to provide disabled toilets and schools and colleges failing to make reasonable adjustments for students. Last year the DSA submitted evidence to the Committee and today it published its report.

The report states  practice in all areas must be improved and quotes a recommendation from the DSA for an “Equality Act Awareness week/day spearheaded by the  Equality and Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the Charity sector”. This should include training provided by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to enable charities “to provide practical information and support, and promote awareness of the Act and its application”.

The Equality Act is a vital tool to enable  people with Down’s syndrome to be fully included in their local communities. We have produced a brief guide “Being Included: your rights under the Equality Act?” to help families understand what service providers and schools must do.