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Day dawns on new disability laws

Anti-discrimination act comes into force

Laws to prevent discrimination against disabled people in the Isle of Man come into force today.

Shops, offices and other businesses serving the public now must ensure customers with a disability can access their premises and use facilities.

But the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), passed a decade ago, is being introduced in stages, giving companies time to comply with the legislation. 

The final phase is due to come into force in January 2020.

Since Autumn, local firms have been offered practical help and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care, who are overseeing the implementation of the rules.

Good practice guides, a checklist, sample action plan and customer service policies have shown firms how to prepare for today and beyond.

The Act was originally shelved to make way for a wider Equality Act - but delays in bringing that legislation through parliament led the last government to bring the DDA forward.

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