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‘The government has failed us’: The Disability Discrimination Act 25 years on

Disability Discrimination act

On its 25th birthday, Britain looked back at the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) for which many disabled Brits campaigned tirelessly in the early 1990s.

Passed on 8 November 1995, the DDA made it illegal to discriminate against disabled people in regards to employment, education, transport, or goods and services.

The BBC will be celebrating the anniversary all through November with a season of documentaries, dramas and other media.

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The act was replaced by, but still largely informed, the Equality Act in 2010.

However, since 2010, Tory governments have made amendments to these laws, such as the removal of the Disability Living Allowance.

This and other austerity measures have led many to believe that government treatment of the disabled has regressed since 2010.

As the country celebrates the 25th anniversary of the DDA, the consensus seems to be that there is still a lot more work to be done.

One Twitter user wrote: “2 in 3 victims of Covid-19 have a disability 25 yrs after the Disability Discrimination Act.

“COVID-19 has exposed that disabled people STILL lead a 3rd world life in a 1st world country. The Government has failed us, that is the truth. We are collateral.”

See the reaction on Twitter below:

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