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The Equality Act protects disabled people’s rights including employment, education, and access to services and facilities.

The Equality Act says a disability is a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day- to- day activities. 


Direct Discrimination: It is against the law for an employer to treat you less favourably because you are disabled than someone without a disability would be treated in the same circumstances.

Discrimination by association: It is also against the law to discriminate against you because of your connection with someone else who is disabled, for example, your partner or child.

Other forms of discrimination in the workplace


Schools must not discriminate against a pupil because of their disability. In some situations, schools must take positive steps so that disabled pupils can access and participate in the education and other activities they provide.

What schools must do

Access to services and facilities

Healthcare providers, like hospitals and private clinics, must make sure their services are accessible to disabled people. They also have a duty not to discriminate against you because of your disability.

Isle Access is a not for profit organisation promoting and encouraging accessibility and inclusion for everyone, on the Isle of Wight.