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Three-quarters Of Scottish Businesses Not Ready For October Accessibility Deadline
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 27, 2004

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND--In just a little more than two months, the final provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 will come into effect.

Those provisions require businesses that provide goods and services to be accessible to customers with disabilities. In some cases that means permanent physical changes to buildings and other structures.

The requirements have been public information for the past nine years, giving businesses plenty of time to make the adjustments needed by this October 1. Still, more than three-quarters of Scotland's businesses have done little or nothing to prepare, Scotland on Sunday reported.

Those businesses that are not accessible, or that treat customers with disabilities differently than other customers, could face heavy fines.

The anti-discrimination law allows people with disabilities to lodge complaints that could lead to criminal charges.

"People with disabilities are aware of it and when the deadline passes a lot of businesses will be liable," explained Alex Taggart, director of the business consulting firm Capita Symonds.

"What the courts will say is that there is no excuse for not doing these things within the last nine years."

Related:
"Firms 'oblivious' to fines risk"

http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=850722004
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
http://www.disability.gov.uk/dda

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