RNID: Businesses Ignore People With Hearing And Speech-Related
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 1, 2005
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND--Nearly all businesses in the county of Yorkshire fail to meet the needs of people with hearing and speech-related disabilities -- one full year after the final provisions of the 1985 Disability Discrimination Act came into effect, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported.
The Royal National Institute for the Deaf found that more than 88 percent of businesses in the county have failed to take advantage of training that could help them to be more accessible.
The charity noted that the new law allows people with disabilities to file criminal charges against businesses that refuse to make 'reasonable adjustments'.
While the RNID did applaud many businesses for making changes such as improving access and providing material in large print and in Braille, it said that a large number still did not provide telephone services that are accessible to people with these disabilities.