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British Advocates Pleased With Most Aspects Of New Disability Law
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 14, 2005

LONDON, ENGLAND--Many disability rights groups in the United Kingdom are applauding the passage of the 2005 Disability Discrimination Act, while some say it is does not go far enough to guaranteeing the rights of all citizens with disabilities.

The recently enacted law updates and expands the scope of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act by including provisions that give protections to people with multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, and some forms of cancer; make more forms of transportation accessible; guarantee renters the right to make modifications in their homes; and make the law apply to private clubs and political parties.

"The Act is a major advance in civil rights for Britain's 10 million disabled people and those with long term health conditions and a substantial step forward in ending the discrimination disabled people experience," said Bert Massie, Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission.

Dr. John Low, the head of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, and chair of the Disability Charities Consortium, said: "We are delighted to see this vital law for the protection of disabled people's rights, placed firmly on the statute book."

The New Spirit Coalition, a group made up of more than 30 disability-related organizations working toward achieving full community inclusion, said it was disappointed the measure does not include protections for people who experience certain forms of depression, nor does it address independent living, allowances for people to make reasonable modifications to communal or group areas, or requirements that buses provide audio-visual technology for those with sight or hearing related disabilities.

Related:
"Disability bill gets Royal Assent"
by BBC News online disability affairs correspondent Geoff Adams-Spink
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4424011.stm
"New rights for disabled children" (RNID)
http://www.rnid.org.uk/mediacentre/news/2005/new_rights.htm
"Charities celebrate new rights for disabled people" (RNID)
http://www.inclusiondaily.com/news/05/red/0414a.htm
"Disability Rights for Depressives Rejected" (The Scotsman)
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4361301
"Disability Discrimination Act welcome, but disappointment at lack of depression protection" (Maca)
http://www.maca.org.uk/index.asp?id=2887
UK Government Disability Website
http://www.disability.gov.uk

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