P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:10/00        1/10 COMMEN DISABILITYRIGHTSCOMMISSION In reply to Jo Cutting's letter on page 643 of this week's Read Hear: 1) The Government has asked the DRC for our views on the recognition of BSLN The DRC is considering what will be the most effective wax in which BSL tsdrs can participate fully in society. To this end, the DRC has asked a wide range of groups wor their vhews anp recommendations, including the BDA, British Council for Deaf People, RNID and ASLI. Their subljssion will be made through UKCoD. The DRC has also consulted t—e FDPN The Read Hear addpess is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menp
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:40/14     z00?{1?y!  /* /$/*% .! /*%/$ /*% 0/10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS C LMISSION The DRC will be discusshng their v—ess at the end of October and l—king gur recommendation in the Autuln In reaching its view, th— DRC will take ftll account of the case for the acceptance of BSL and the implications of that 2) Re Margaret Hodge's assprancas phap society should have not——ng to feax sized businassds are often confu3—d or ignoraft of how the DDA affects them in employ—ng disabled people or hos po make services and premises accessible. The H —s on p—ge 640 Subtitles News Lepters oain Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:40/26       /$/ "/*% 3 10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS C LMISSION The DRC wishes to encourage busines{bs to find out what they should be doing, rather than adopt an ostrich approach until they get hit with a lawsuit There is a good economic cas— to 0ut to businesses on why they should embrace the new legislation - the fact that disabled people spend aroqnd £40 billion a ydar on goods and services is one example. However, the law is there to pxevent businesses from discriminating against disabled pdople. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:13/38       4/10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION The DRC won't hesitate to use it if businesses fail to comply. To this end, the DRC is helping disabled people enforce their rights and has already won one case in the Court of Appeal. 3) (DRC posts) The DRC recruitment policy is to advertise in the mainstream, disability and ethnic minority pressN The last recruitment round was advertised in The Guardian, the Disability Times, Disability Now, The Voice, the Big Issue and key regional newspapers. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:41/12     1{5k4 z51{5{!    5/10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION All adverts are also posted on the DRC website at www.drc gb.org The DRC is constantly monitoring the advertising used for recrqhting to DRC posts We provide application forms in a wide variety of formats, and if a candidate requires something other than Braille, tape, large ppint or disk v—rsions,0we are happy to provide it. The DRC will also provide sign language interpreters at interviews. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Mefu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 10:10/14       "/*% 6/10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION 4) (Aims into action) In 2004, legislation requiring businesses and service providers to make their premises physically accessible comes into force (Part H of the DDA 0895) In May 2000, the Govepnlent and tha DRC launched a joint consultation exercise on the DRC's Code of Practice and the Government's regulations which underpin them. Over 600 responses were received and are being analysed by a DRC working group. The Read Hear address is on p—ge 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:56/49         7/10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION The DRC will produce a revisfd version of the Code, together with a revised practical guide for smaller businesses in Spring 2001. The DRC will be advising businesses, service providers and those letting and managing properties of their duties to provide access to disabled people from that point on. However, we are not waiting until 2004. The DRC Helpline (0<457 622633 (v), 08457 622644 (m), 08457 778878 (f), enquiry@drc-gb.org) offers a legal support service which is av—ilable oow. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:50/00         8 10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION 5) The Commissioners were appointed bx the Secretary of State to ensure a wide knowledge of disabilty issues and specific conditions The appointments were subject to open competition. 6) From October we will run a series of seminars with disability groups and stakeholders on the small employers threshold (currently companies which employ 15 or less people are extempt from legislation which would prevent them from discriminating against a disabled person). The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:51/05         = 80 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION A nationwide consultation has just bee÷ launched ascing stakeholders to give their views on the role of the DRC, our priorities and objectives for 3!zearsN A copy of the questionnaire is avcilable from the DRC HelplineN 7) Availability of Interpreters: We were surprised by this claim as it joe{ not reflect our policy. At any public meeting we will, of course, ensure that the needs of all ehsabled people are met, including those who are deaf. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitles News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 644 Mon 09 Oct 12:31/04         */*% COMMENT: DISABILITY HGHTSCOMMISSION A nationwide consultation has jqst been launched asking stakeholders to give their views on the role of th— D C prioratias and objectivbs for 3 x—ars. A copy of phe questionnair— is available from the DRC Helplin—. 7) Availability of Interpreters: d ware surprised "x this claim a3 it does not reflect our policy At any public meeting we will, of course, ensure that the ndeds of all dis—bled p—ople are met, including p—osd w—o ara deaf. T—d Read Hear —ddress is on page 640 Sqbtitlcs News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:51/07       / "/$/ /*% 10/10 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION 'b are aware that, like any oew organisation, there is a transition before we are fully up to speed. — at the DRC do welcome any public feedback. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtitlas News Letters Main Menu
P645 CEEFAX 2 645 Mon 09 Oct 12:50/02       2 18 COMMENT: DISABILITY RIGHTS COMmISSION The DRC will be discussing their views at the end of October and lbking our recommendation in the AutumnN In reaching ixs vtew, the fRC will take full account of the case for the acceptance of BSL and the imp}ications of that. 2) (Re Margaret Hodge's assurances that society should have oothing to fear from new access rules.) Small to medium shzed bxsinesses axe of|en cow{scd ox ignorant of how the DDA affects theo in employing disabled peop÷e or how to make services and premises accessible. The Read Hear address is on page 640 Subtatles News Latters Main Menp