• International Workplace
  • 15 April 2002

New Guidance on Disability Access Legislation, published by Workplacelaw Network

The Workplacelaw Network has published the new Special Report - "Disability: Making Buildings Accessible" - which is essential reading aimed at helping employers, building managers and owners to meet the access requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) before the 2004 deadline.

This comprehensive guide to legislation and practice reviews the impact of the DDA and its relationship with other important legislation, such as Part M of the Building Regulations. Other topics covered include an examination of reasonable adjustment, colour contrast and lighting, wayfinding and signage, fire safety and means of escape, access to historic buildings, and transport. It also contains extracts and schedules from the DDA itself.

The Special Report is essential reading for building managers and owners in every organisation in the UK – in both the public and private sectors – who need to consider how to adapt premises and management procedures to make them equally accessible for disabled and non-disabled people.

The Special Report is edited by Keith Bright, Director of the Research Group for Inclusive Environments at The University of Reading. The guidance has been prepared by a series of authors selected for their knowledge and experience in these areas – contributors include the Disability Rights Commission, Eversheds solicitors, and the Centre for Accessible Environments.

Copies of "Disability: Making Buildings Accessible" (priced £99.00, ISBN 1-900-648-14-8, or in packs of 5 or 10) can be ordered from the Workplacelaw Network – Tel. 0870 777 8881, Fax. 0870 777 8882, Email



1. The Disability Discrimination Act comes fully into force in October 2004, although some elements of the Act are already relevant to the management of the built environment. By 2004, disabled people should have the same equal opportunity as non-disabled people in employment and when using services. Organisations failing to meet their obligations will be liable to legal action from disabled people with possible penalties resulting.

2. The Workplacelaw Network supplies legal support and information to over 14,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. See for more information. Press contact: Sam Colella, 0870 777 8881,