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The new all-embracing body for equality and human rights in the UK replaced DRC, CRE and EOC in October 2007

Guidance on implementing the Equality Act 2010 is available at


Department for Work and Pensions

Information on services for disabled people

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

The Centre for Accessible Environments

The Access Association

The National Register of Access Consultants

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The type talk service

European Disability Forum

Disabled Workers Co-operative
Find the product, service or skill you need provided by a local disabled worker. Disabled workers can register their service FREE on the Disabled Workers Database.


Plus Employment Opportunities.

Useful Guidance and best practice information


Guidance on Planning and access for disabled people from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - Download a copy from -

Design and access Statements

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment- has produced guidance on Design and Access statements

Note:- CABE has a statutory remit to advise the Government on Inclusive Design.

The Planning Advisory Service

provides guidance for Local Planning Authorities on creating an Inclusive Environment

and guidance for Designers on ensuring accessibility in the approach to buldings

Building Regulations

Building Regulations Approved Documents Part M 2004 - Access to and use of buildings and Part B 2006- fire safety. Download a copy from


Fire risk and means of escape for disabled people

BS 9999:2008 Code of Practice for Fire Safety in the design, management and use of buildings includes information on fire safety for disabled people.

Purchase a copy from the British Standards Institute.

Information and guidance on the Regulatory Reform [Fire Safety] Order.

Available to download at

New guidance published in March 2007 - by Communities and Local Government, is downloadable from;

The guidance provides additional information to inform the risk assessment process to include means of escape for disabled people

Inclusive design

Inclusion by design

equality, diversity and the built environment

Inclusion by design sets out CABE's position on equality, diversity and the built environment.

The publication offers everyday examples from urban living demonstrating how good design can help create places that work for everyone.

RIBA film available to watch online

Inclusive Design: creating a user’s world”.
This will be of interest to all with an involvment in the built environment.  The role and relationship of the various members of the project design team are examined, and the film provides practical examples of inclusive design.

English Partnerships guidance on inclusive design - download a copy from

Disabled Peoples Transport Advisory Committee Inclusive projects guidance - download a copy from

Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces. 1998 - down load a copy from

The revised British Standard 8300:2009 - Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people - Code of Practice was published on

28th February 2009

Purchase a copy from the British Standards Institute.


Lifetime Homes make life as easy as possible for as long as possible, as they provide accessible and adaptable accommodation.

Many planning policies already require the Lifetime Homes standard in new developments, and all public sector funded housing in England will be built to the Lifetime
Homes standard from 2011, with a target of 2013 for all private sector dwellings.
See  guidance on Lifetime Housing from


Accessible information

PAS 78 Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites - Purchase a copy from the British Standards Institute.

BSI are consulting on a draft British Standard for Accessible websites until the end of January 2009

DPC BS 8878 - Web accessibility.

The Code of Practice will be applicable to all public and private organizations wishing to offer accessible, usable websites to their customers.

View the consultation document at

Information from the RNIB on accessible websites is available at



January 2011

New public sector equality duty guidance

The new public sector equality duty for public authorities comes into force on 6th April 2011, replacing the duties under DDA.

The EHCR has published guides to provide an overview of the duties imposed by the Equality Act 2010; copies are available at


The guides detail what public authorities should do to meet the duty, and includes information on the general equality duty, the specific duties and who they apply to. 

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