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Disability Discrimination Act 1995

REPEALED (except in Northern Ireland). The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was repealed and replaced by the Equality Act 2010, except for in Northern Ireland where the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 still applies.

An Act to make it unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with employment, the provision of goods, facilities and services or the disposal or management of premises; to make provision about the employment of disabled persons; and to establish a National Disability Council.
Building owners and employers are required to provide access for people with disabilities or appropriate management or personnel arrangements to prevent people with disabilities being discriminated against.
Part I of the Act defines the meaning of 'disabled' and sets out who is protected by the Act. Part II, introduced on 2 December 1996, outlines certain duties of employers of more than 15 persons to ensure that disabled employees are not discriminated against.

Part III was introduced on 1 October 2004. It places duties on service providers to make reasonable adjustments to physical features of their premises in order to overcome physical barriers to access.
This act and associated codes of practice include provisions for the use of buildings by the disabled. Those provisions can override the terms of a lease.