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Disability equality

The many things we are doing to improve equality for disabled people, including how we are improving access to our services and supporting disabled people into employment.


The social model of disability

We are committed to working within the social model of disability. This model values what disabled people can achieve and it does not judge people by their disability. Instead, it views society as placing barriers in front of disabled people, preventing them from realising their full potential.

The opposite of the social model is known as the medical model. It focuses on people’s disabilities, impairments and any ill-health they may experience.

We're working hard to improve access to our services, to include disabled people and their families in decision-making, and to improve job opportunities for disabled people, including our own existing employees. This also means challenging stereotypes about disabled people, tackling harassment and hate crime towards disabled people and carers, and making reasonable adjustments in service delivery and employment. We want to make sure that disabled people in Derbyshire enjoy the same opportunities as people who are not disabled.

Reasonable adjustments in service delivery and employment

One of the ways we're improving opportunities for disabled people is by making changes in how we communicate with people using our services, when delivering local services, for people seeking work and to support disabled people already working for us.

Examples include:

  • providing information in different accessible ways and in British Sign Language
  • improving access and facilities for disabled people and others in the buildings we use to deliver our services
  • helping to provide Changing Places toilet facilities across Derbyshire
  • carrying out adjustments so existing disabled employees can carry out their jobs and feel supported at work
  • we're signed up to the Positive About Disabled People scheme (the Two Ticks Scheme) which supports disabled people in recruitment
  • providing support and services to the many thousands of carers across Derbyshire
  • setting up disabled parent forums to give the families of disabled children a bigger say on the services they receive and their child's education
  • supporting national campaigns such as the Time to Change campaign to challenge the stigma around mental illness
  • supporting disabled employees to meet and to influence our employment policies and practice – through an active disabled workers group
  • providing advice and support to disabled people about employment and welfare and other benefits
  • our Disability Employment Project which helps people into work

Equality Act 2010 replaced earlier disability discriminations acts

In 2010 the Disability Discrimination Acts of 1995 and 2005 were updated by the Equality Act 2010. This act extended the public sector duty to advance equality to all 9 protected characteristics including disability. The public sector duty to promote equality covers all 9 protected equality groups. Previously it only covered race, gender and disability equality.

The Equality Act 2010 has made a number of changes which help boost protection under the law for disabled people, including:

  • banning of pre-employment disability and health checks in recruitment
  • adding discrimination arising out of a person’s disability
  • extending direct discrimination by perception and association, which helps protect carers
  • by making it unlawful for an employer or service provider to fail to make reasonable adjustments, which is now a form of prohibited conduct
  • extending protection for mental illness so that people with a history of mental illness are now protected when they are not ill

We have information about what we are doing to meet the public sector duty, including for disabled people, their families, and carers.

Accessible Derbyshire

Accessible Derbyshire has information about places, events and services which are accessible to disabled people across Derbyshire and the Peak District.

If you know of others please help by contacting Accessible Derbyshire and share the information with them. This will help make Derbyshire an accessible place for everyone.