The DDA (or Disability Discrimination Act) became the Equality Act in 2010, with the aim of creating an inclusive regulation. The DDA discussed provisions to be made for the disabled, including accessibility and DDA lift requirements. The Equality Act instead looks at equalising opportunity for all – not just the disabled – and has many similarities but progresses the regulation and terminologies. The Equality Act looks at equal opportunity in:
- renting or buying land or property
- Access to goods, facilities and services
- Activities, clubs, sports and associations
Now, the Equality Act (2010) is a vital piece of legislation that dictates environment, equipment and service design across the UK. The Equality Act dictates that where physical features may cause a problem, then this feature should be removed, altered or an alternative option provided.