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Audit uncovers discrimination against disabled in Newton housing May 3, 2007

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The woman called a real estate agent looking to rent an apartment, and indicated that she uses a wheelchair. Despite promising to call her back about prospects, the agent never did.

Another person without a disability called the same agent and was shown an apartment.

A man who is blind called an agent about renting a unit in a three-family, owner-occupied building. The agent asked if the man had pets, and he acknowledged using a guide dog. The agent said the owner lived below the available apartment, and the guide dog “would drive her crazy.” The man did not get the apartment.

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Disability duty comes into force December 5, 2006

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A new duty for public bodies to promote the rights of disabled people has come into effect.

UK – The Disability Equality Duty (DED) will affect around 45,000 bodies in the way they plan and deliver services to the UK’s 10m disabled people.

Bodies including the NHS, local councils and government departments will have to publish a plan showing how they intend to meet their obligations.

Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton described the DED as “ground-breaking”.

The duty is similar to the race equality duty introduced in April 2001.

Mr Hutton said it was a step on the route to the government’s vision of achieving equality for disabled people by 2025.

Barriers

“Discrimination of any sort is unacceptable, yet the truth is that many disabled people still face barriers in all walks of life which prevent them from reaching their full potential,” he said.

From now on public bodies will have to take account of disability from policy formulation to the way services are delivered and publish a plan, called a disability equality scheme, showing how they intend to do it.

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) says that it has been pressing for the introduction of the DED since 2000.

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Disabling discrimination December 3, 2006

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IT’S HARD to believe that 16 years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, bus drivers in New Jersey may be refusing to allow blind people to board because of their guide dogs.

Or that bus operators may be deliberately speeding past wheelchair-bound commuters waiting at transit stops. Or that train conductors may be forcibly lifting wheelchair-bound riders out of trains rather than taking the trouble to lower bridge plates that allow disabled persons to exit with dignity.

But that is all happening, according to lawsuits filed this week by three disabled New Jersey residents. The claims of mistreatment and ¬discrimination are backed up |by a videotape taken this summer by a public inter-est group that ¬followed disabled riders for two days.

The accounts are troubling. In one, a woman who is legally blind was trying to catch a bus on a main thoroughfare in Hudson County. Two bus drivers stopped but wouldn’t let the woman board because she was accompanied by a service dog. The woman then walked to another street to catch an NJ Transit jitney van. Five jitneys passed without stopping, and a sixth refused the woman access because of her dog, according to the lawsuit. In all, she waited 2½ hours and eventually had to pay to take a |cab home.

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National Federation of the Blind files lawsuit against Target over discriminatory website November 7, 2006

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Bruce Sexton is blind. He would like to shop on Target’s website, but says he can’t “read” it. He says the site lacks certain coding — found on many other websites — that would activate software to allow blind computer users to hear audio descriptions of what is on Internet pages.

Sexton, 24, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Target on behalf of the 1.3 million blind people in the USA. The suit alleges that the giant retailer discriminates against the visually impaired by violating state and federal laws that protect the disabled.

The case draws national attention because it could have implications for virtually every retailer and business in the USA that operates a website. The case also fuels a wider debate starting to play out in courtrooms: whether anti-discrimination laws apply to the Internet.

It’s a key question in lawsuits across the nation. Craigslist.org, a popular advertising and networking website, is being sued in federal court in Chicago over allegations it has allowed ads for apartments and other housing that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, class, religion or familial status.

In court papers, Craigslist argues it is protected by the federal law that protects website owners from liability for content posted by the sites’ users. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has said it would be impossible for the site’s staff to review the 2 million free housing ads posted to the site each month. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 13.

In the Target case, the retailer contends that the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and two California laws cited by Sexton apply only to its brick-and-mortar stores and do not extend to the Internet.

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Study finds discrimination against disabled patients November 7, 2006

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Audrey Robinson, now in her 50s, was a 10-year stroke survivor when she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

The stroke left Robinson visibly disabled. One side of her body is entirely limp and motionless. Robinson walks with a complex cane, and uses her working arm and leg to drag and support her weak side.

Although Robinson’s disability made her a veteran of the health care system, she was unprepared for the way the breast cancer surgeon treated her.

She waited more than four hours to enter an examination room.

But even when the doctor did arrive, he didn’t treat Robinson with the respect she might have expected.

“After making us wait… the door swung open, the doctor swooped in and proceeded to make me feel worthless,” Robinson says. “No apologies were made. He was abrupt, impatient, and never looked me in the eyes. I could’ve been there with horns on my head and he wouldn’t have noticed.

“I’m not the kind to speak up but I did,” she says.

Her story came as a real surprise to me — I happen to know the offending surgeon and have always known him to be caring and respectful. But, as a new study suggests, the surgeon’s poor manners might have been related to Robinson’s disability.

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Parents Win Access Discrimination Case For Disabled Child August 13, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Access Discrimination, Belfast, Case, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Disabled, Disabled Child, disabled people, Discriminate, Discrimination, Down baby, Fulton's Fine Furnishings, furniture store, Justin Black, Lisa Black, Parents, Rights of access, Win.
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The parents of a disabled County Down baby have won an access discrimination case against a furniture store.

Justin and Lisa Black were told they could not take their son, Thomas, into Fulton’s Fine Furnishings in Belfast because of a no pushchairs policy.

However, Belfast County Court ruled the store unlawfully discriminated against Thomas, who has spina bifida, by failing to make an exception for him.

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