The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) has launched a new Code of Practice advising businesses and services in Britain how to overcome physical barriers to access for disabled people.
The DRC is calling for service providers to start making plans for disabled access now, before the requirements of the Code of Practice on the Rights of Access for Disabled People become law in 2004 under the Disability Discrimination Act. The Code calls for ?reasonable adjustments? to be made to around 2 million businesses and services of all sizes throughout Britain that have not yet complied with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Three new publications have been produced by the DRC to help disabled people, small businesses and other services providers understand the Code of Practice. ?A Practical Guide for Small Businesses? offers practical information for small businesses about the ?reasonable adjustments? required under the new Code; ?2004 ? What it means for Disabled People? provides a summary of the rights of disabled people under the new Code; and ?2004 ? What it means for service providers? gives a summary of the legal duties on service providers. Free copies of the publications are available. Contact DRC t: 08457 622633 w: