Disability Discrimination Act Essay Sample

In this assignment I am going to explain the influences of a recent or emerging national policy development or organisational policy with regard to anti-discriminatory practice. I am going to be explaining the influences on the acts which are: Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Human Rights Act 1998 Race Relations Act 1976 How are these acts put into force and how it stops discrimination? These are just a few of the acts, policies and guidelines that I am going to explain in detail that are in place at the Grimsby College.

Disability Discrimination Act

In the Grimsby College there is a wide range of facilities to help the disabled carry on with their learning such as; Lifts – these are put in place for disabled people only, this could include those with wheelchairs and also those that aren’t able to climb to the 3rd floor.

Evac-chairs – these are in place for wheelchair users incase of fires as they can’t use the lift. Ramps – these are in place for wheelchair users to access places in the college that would normally have steps. Wide doors – these are there for wheelchair users to be able to fit through into the room. Libraries – the aisles in the libraries are wide apart enough to fit a wheelchair user through.

Tables – the tables in the hub are low enough for wheelchair users to see over. Toilets – there are disabled toilets in every toilet you go to in the college. Everything that I have just pointed out here makes it easier for disabled people to carry on with life and learning as normal as possible. For people that don’t have visible disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD there are some support services such as;

Study support – this is to help those who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia, it helps them to understand what gets said in lessons a lot better than they would on their own. One–one – one-one can help people as they don’t have other people interfering with their studies. Over lay – this helps those with sceptic impairment (people that can’t see one colour on top of another). Additional support – this is extra information to make it easier for people to understand what they’ve got to do in assignments.

Case study: a young female wheelchair user has come to the institute to get a better education, to help this young woman the institute has lifts, ramps and wider doors so she can carry on with learning as any other student would be able to because the institute has to comply with the act.

Human Rights Act 1998

This act applies to everyone within the institute as it makes sure everyone is treated the same but it could be in different ways. This act allows students to have freedom of thought and religion. People are allowed to have and voice their own opinions but they have to take into consideration not everyone believes the same and they may disagree with their opinion. It helps people to become their own individual and to express themselves in a healthy way.

This act also allows everyone to have the right to further and higher education at the institute. Case study – a 16 year old Hindu who wears a head-dress wants to come to the institute, she is able to come and learn in the institute even though she wears a head-dress because the Human Rights Act 1998 allows everyone  to have freedom of thought and religion.

Race Relations Act 1976

There are people of all different races, religion and creed within the Grimsby institute. The institute allows people of all different backgrounds, religion, etc… because there is an anti-racism policy in place to make sure that no one discriminates against anyone because of their background therefore everyone feels happy. This doesn’t stop anyone from doing the course they want to. Case study – a Japanese student wants to do their A levels at the institute and is able to do so because of the Race Relations Act 1976 being in place there.