Sunday, October 31, 2004

Britain updates Disability Discrimination Act
As of October 1, 2004, all public facilities in the United Kindom were expected to have made "reasonable" changes to ensure disabled people could use their services, incompliance with revisions to the UK Disability Discrimination Act.

'Access for disabled still poor on eve of new law,' Cambridge News, September 30, 2004.
The publication Therapy Weekly visited Cambridge city centre with disabled occupational therapist and Cambridge resident Nicole Buijsse. Of 19 shops, restaurants, banks and cafes they went to, mainly in Trinity Street, they found 14 of the 19 were inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Geoff Adams-Spink, 'San Francisco - Golden Gate to disability,' BBC News (UK section). With UK law on disability rights about to change on the first of next month, campaigners are pointing to the high levels of accessibility in San Francisco as a possible future for Britain. recently visited the city on America's west coast to find out just how accessible it is. San Francisco - when it comes to improving access for disabled people - has had 30 years' headstart on the UK. Not only has American disability rights legislation been on the federal statute books for 12 years, but California's own laws have been in place since the mid 1970s.

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