Access and Disability Discrimination Act guidance
The role of the access officer is a technical advisory one, with the aim of ensuring that all of our buildings open to the public, or buildings from which we provide a service, are accessible and inclusive not only to disabled people but the wider population also. A person is classed as disabled if they meet the following Equality Act (Formerly the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) definition:
"…a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term* adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day to day activities"
*long-term is classed as 12 months minimum.
As a service provider, we have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to not treat a disabled person less favourably than someone else because of their disability, unless there's good reason. To assist in meeting the required obligations, the access officer can advise on issues within the Equality Act, Building Regulations Approved Document M and BS8300:2009.