Minister of Disabled People and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has celebrated the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) as it marks it 25th Anniversary.
The Act was pass in 1995, following a passionate campaign from disability rights activists. The introduction of the DDA made it illegal for employers and service providers to discriminate against someone because they are disabled.
A Government enquiry described the DDA as big a step forward for the rights of disabled people as the 965 Race Relations Act and the 1975 Sex Discrimination act were in their fields.
Justin Tomlinson said: “We have made significant progress in the past 25 years and see a huge shift in awareness, enthusiasm and opportunities for disabled people across society.
The Act provided the building blocks to stop unfair treatment and discrimination against disabled people. Since then we’ve come a long way, even in the face of a pandemic.
As we move forward with our upcoming Green Paper and National Strategy, we’ll continue to work hard to improve the lives of disabled people.”