The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has changed the lives of disabled people around the country.Thanks to the DDA, individuals who live with a disability are now able to enjoy visiting the same places that able people can: cinemas, restaurants and other places for sociable activities and entertainment.
The DDA also has implications for work as well. Offices that may once have been off limits are now accessible, it is harder to discriminate against disabled people, all of which makes the workplace an easier place for disabled people to be and allows them to have a more rewarding and fulfilling life.While the DDA has many positive aspects, it has given the owners of small businesses something else to think about. Their premises might be regarded as unsuitable or as not being accessible, meaning that they have to make changes in order to not find themselves inadvertently discriminating unfairly and being taken to task over it.
Most often these changes might mean installing a ramp for wheelchairs, but where space doesn’t allow for the installation of a ramp a disability lift or a wheelchair lift might be more appropriate.This can be done with the help of an experienced provider of disability lift and wheelchair lift, and at reasonable costs.Owners of small businesses who are concerned that their premises aren’t accessible to everyone should contact a reputable supplier of accessibility products who is also well-versed in the DDA and its requirements.
In this first instance, the provider will take a close look at the premises in question and will be able to advise you on how you can make your premises accessible to everyone given the limitations of space.Once a decision has been made on what is required, the same provider will be able to project manage the installation of a ramp or lift to ensure that as little interruption to business as possible is incurred. At the end of the day, not only will you have the peace of mind of knowing that you have complied with important legislation, but that your business is open for all.