Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995

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A UK act of parliament which makes it unlawful to discriminate by actions or attitudes against people with disabilities in relation to employment, the provision of goods and services, education, and transport. Under the final part of the act, which came into effect in 2004, service providers such as dentists were required to assess obstacles and make reasonable adjustments to the physical features of their practices or clinics to overcome physical barriers such as the provision of ramps, lifts, and communication aids.

Further reading:

Dougall A, Fiske J. Access to special care dentistry, part 1. Access. Br Dent J 2008;204:605–616.Qureshi B, Scambler S. The Disability Discrimination Act and access; practical suggestions. Dent Update 2008; 35:627–635.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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