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DDA Awareness (Equality Act)

At Brandline, we feel it is important that everyone should have right of access.

DDA means Disabillity Discrimination Act. The act was passed in 1995 and repealed and replaced in 2010 by the Equality Act.

The Act was passed to ensure the disabled have the same access rights to buildings and areas as everyone else.

Many companies state that their systems are DDA Compliant.

This is not the case. DDA Compliant would mean that the system would be manufactured in DDA compliant colours. These are measured in Hue, value and saturation. Any Company offering a DDA compliant system would have to ensure that the system is coloured based upon its surroundings. i.e. For a Norwich Cafe, the Posts and banners may have to be a blue colour, whilst in a Newcastle High Street they may have to be Red.

We have studied the regulation and made all the appropriate changes that we can to the system to ensure that the Brandline cafe barriers provide adequate safety and access. Some of the changes we have made are:

  • The bases are tapered to allow wheel chairs to ride ove them. This means the height of the base needs to be below a certain dimension.
  • The lower tapping rail has been designed to hang at a specificied height to act as a tapping rail for the visually impaired.
  • The finish of the hardware is slightly grained to ensure a glare is not produced in bright sunlight confusing
  • All edges are smooth.

Keep this in mind when you are selecting your system. Many companies offer lip service only and probably do not even know that the Disability Discrimination Act has been replaced or even what DDA stands for.

In Brief - A company or Organisation can be prosecuted if they have failed to make the following provisions:-

The duties on service providers have been introduced in three stages:

  • Since 2 December 1994 – It has been unlawful for service providers to treat disabled people less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
  • Since 1 October 1972 – Service providers have had to make 'reasonable adjustments' for disabled people, such as providing extra help or making changes to the way they provide their services.
  • Since 1 October 2004 – Service providers may have to make other 'reasonable adjustments' in relation to the physical features of their premises to overcome physical barriers to access.
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