Small Businesses Employing Disabled People – The Law and Practice by sdfwerte


									Small Businesses Employing
Disabled People – The Law
       and Practice

      Presentation by Michelle
  Valentine, Practice Development
            Officer, DRC.
Our overall goal
„A society where all disabled
people can participate fully as
equal citizens‟
What we are
•   The DRC was set up in April 2000 as enforcement
    body for the DDA
•   We are independent
•   Offices in Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and
    London – 180 staff many are disabled people
•   We aim to work in partnership with small and large
    businesses, public sector and voluntary
•   We want to win hearts and minds, not just court
                         DDA Part I
• Definition of Disability
• “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial, long
  term, adverse effect on ability to carry out normal day to day
• Day to day activities:
   –   Mobility
   –   Manual dexterity
   –   Physical co-ordination
   –   Continence
   –   Ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects
   –   Speech, hearing or eyesight impairments
   –   Memory, ability to concentrate, learn or understand
   –   Being able to recognise physical danger
        DDA Part I – Continued
Also covers people with severe disfigurements
Can also cover progressive conditions such as:
    •   HIV infection
    •   Cancer
    •   Multiple Sclerosis
    •   Muscular dsytrophy
Registered disabled people – DDA removed green
  card scheme and 3% quota system
The Act can cover people who have had a disability
  in the past even if they have recovered – often
  important for people who have had mental health
                Part II
       What is Discrimination?
2 Main Types of Discrimination:

• Direct Discrimination

• Failure to make reasonable adjustments

Justification not possible in either case

Also harassment and victimisation will also be
          Part II
   Reasonable Adjustments
• Recruitment and      • Retention - e.g.
  selection              allocating some of the
• Training               disabled person‟s duties
                         to another person
• Promotion
                       • buildings, furniture,
• Career Development     equipment
• Transfer
• Employment
        Key Points for SB‟s
• Disabled people have useful
  knowledge, skills and experience to
  offer an employer
• Many reasonable adjustments can be
  done at little or no cost
• SB‟s will only be expected to do what is
• There is help available
      What help is there?

• Local jobcentre – Access to Work,
  Disability Employment Advisers
• Disabled people in your community
• Support from Business Links
• The DRC free Helpline and
How you can reach us
   DRC Helpline
   Telephone 08457 622633
   Textphone 08457 622644
   Website -
   You can also subscribe to our monthly
   email bulletin via the website

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