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In this assignment I will be discuss the legislation relating to people who have support needs. The three acts I will discuss is the Disability Discrimination Act, Mental Health act and the Mental Capacity Act.

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Understanding Disability, Society and the Law In this assignment I will be discuss the legislation relating to people who have support needs. The three acts I will discuss is the Disability Discrimination Act, Mental Health act and the Mental Capacity Act. The Disability Discrimination act (1995) was put in the place to prevent any discrimination that disabled people may be confronted with. The Act protects disabled people with rights for; employment, education, access to goods, facilities and services and buying or renting land or property. There are over 10 million disabled people in Britain, of whom 5 million are over state pension age. There are over 6.9 million disabled people of working age which represents 19% of the working population.The DDA says that disabled people must have the same chance of getting a job as somebody that has no disabilities. ...read more.


This should be altering, removing or providing any features that make it difficult for somebody with a disability. Putting ramps instead or as well as steps so they can enter the building, providing larger well defined signs and improving access to toilet or washing facilities. The Discrimination act gives rights to disabled people with education. Like employment, schools, colleges or further education cannot discriminate because of a disability. Instead there should be equal opportunities allowing all people irrelevant to any disabilities a chance at education and schools colleges are obliged to do so. Adjustments should be made were appropriate to prevent any difficulties to disabled people with getting around and about the college or school. In April 2005 a new Disability Discrimination Act was passed by parliament. ...read more.


It also states that applications can be made by either the nearest relative or by an approved social worker and if a medical practitioner recommends. The equality act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination. The equality act 2010 includes all of the above, but it also now covers more. The main ones are; that employers can no longer ask about any past medical history at an interview or on an application form, the equality act also provides rights for people not to be directly discriminated against or harassed because they have an association with a disabled person. This can apply to a carer or parent. The Mental Capacity Act is an act of parliament that came into place in 2005. Its primary purpose is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for them selves such as signing documents like cheques. ...read more.

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This essay covers four acts of legislation that are put in place for those with support needs. It outlines some of them well but is a bit scant on the others.

The writer could extend the work to explain why changes were implemented and how this might improve rights for those in care.


Marked by teacher Sam Morran 22/05/2013

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