BJPsych Advances
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995: implications for psychiatrists
Liz Sayce, Jed Boardman


The Disability Discrimination Act, passed by Parliament in 1995, is an important piece of legislation with the potential to protect the employment rights of people with disabilities. It covers people with physical or mental impairments that have a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The Act has sections regarding protection from discrimination in employment, in the provision of goods, services and facilities, and in education. These parts of the Act have implications for people working in mental health services when they are considering employment and educational opportunities for service users.

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