Straight and Curved Stairlifts – An At-a-Glance Guide to Your Disabled Rights

Fortunately the days when wheelchair users found their options limited when getting out and about are lessening. Even in the recent past accessing many public or commercial buildings, shops and restaurants was difficult, or even impossible, but fortunately the rights for people with disabilities have improved.

Nowadays, mobility aids are more available – such as ramps, lifts, straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts – and there are laws on your side to give you greater accessibility to shops, buildings, as well as to the workplace and educational establishments.

Although there is still some way to go to make all buildings and facilities accessible to all, there are certain laws you should be aware of, if you are not already familiar with them. Ransome Mobility have 30 years’ experience in providing straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, mobility aids and vehicle adaptions to provide solutions for the elderly and people who are less abled.

Read on to see Ransome Mobility’s at-a-glance guide to your disabled rights. However, please note that this is only a very brief overview and to find out more, or if you are experiencing any difficulties in regards to the law and your rights, contact your local Disabled Advice Centre, or visit the Citizens Advice Bureau, who will be able to help and advise you.

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Disabled Rights in the Workplace

The law clearly states that people with disabilities are given the same workplace rights as anybody else.

The Equality Act 2010 is there to protect you and to prevent people with disabilities being discriminated against at any stage – either during the application process, or when they start work at a business. The act covers all areas from the application form process to interview arrangements, job offers, pay, promotion and dismissal or redundancy.

At the interview process, for example, a prospective employer is limited in the questions they can ask in relation to your disability. And in the workplace, an employer is required to make reasonable adjustments to allow you to carry out your job successfully – such as changing your working hours, or providing specialist equipment needed.

If you do feel you are discriminated against in the workplace, there are various steps you can take and one is to get in touch with the Employment Tribunal.

Disabled Rights in Public Buildings

The Equality Act 2010 is also designed to cover broader areas such as daily activities, to ensure that people with disabilities are given suitable access to goods, services and public buildings. This covers a variety of areas such as medical centres, pubs, hotels, night clubs, restaurants, shops, banks and places of worship.

Those who provide services are required by law to make adjustments to their premises and make their services accessible to clients with disabilities. So, for example, adjustments would include: widening doorways, having wheelchair accessibility, disabled access doors, instruction loops for people with hearing impairments and paperwork available in different formats (i.e. larger prints). Employees should also ensure their staff have sufficient training so they can provide the right service for customers with disabilities.

Where passenger lifts are not possible, it may be that some businesses will consider installing straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts, or wheelchair lifts, such as through floor lifts and step lifts. There are a variety of mobility solutions available and at Ransome Mobility we are happy to discuss the various options with you.

Disabled Rights in Education

Just as employees cannot be discriminated against in the workplace, the same applies to pupils and students. In addition to this, the law states that students should be treated fairly and be free from victimisation and harassment.

Schools and colleges cannot refuse a student a place as a result of their disability and educational institutions should also make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to provide students with disabilities with the right environment for learning. For example, some of the changes might include additional support, such as specialist teachers and equipment. Students should also be provided with ramps or lifts so they can enter learning areas, such as classrooms.

Places of higher education, such as universities and colleges, must have a person dedicated to disability issues so that they have a point of contact to discuss the support that is available.

About Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility is experienced in providing mobility aids, including straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts, to individuals and organisations within East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and nationwide. We offer stairlift sales and rentals as well as wheelchair lifts, bath lifts, public access products and vehicle adaptations.

Straight Stairlifts – click here to view our range of products

Curved Stairlifts – click here to view our range of products