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In 2003 EMPLOYERS: Were Given Year to Adapt Workplaces for People With Disabilities

Irish employers have one year to adapt their workplace to include people with disabilities, following the Governments acceptance of a European Union employment discrimination law.

Under the changes, due to come into force in December 2003, businesses will have to make “reasonable accommodation” for disabled workers unless they can prove they amount to a “disproportionate burden”

In November 2000, the European Unions 15 member-states agreed a general framework directive to ban all forms of job discrimination based on religion, belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation. On disability, in reads: “In order to guarantee compliance with the principle of equal treatment in relation to persons with disabilities, reasonable accommodation shall.

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Access Checklist-How Accessible is Your Premises?

ACCESS CHECKLIST
This checklist is designed to act as a tool for your organisation to ensure that the physical environment is accessible for all.

Entry Yes/No
1. No steps or alternative to steps at the front door (e.g. ramps)
2. Steps which are non slippery and have edges marked
3. Signage is clear, illuminated, in clear large letters and at eye level, preferably with raised letters which can be felt
4. Accessible parking bays and pick up and drop off facilities
5. Sliding doors or doors which are not too heavy to operate

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Employment Quota for People with Disabilities

Workplace Developments

Despite efforts to increase the quota of people with disabilities working in the Civil Service and the Public Sector, figures remain low.

In an effort to combat this, a 3% Quota Monitoring Committee, chaired by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, introduced a quota level for the employment of people with disabilities in the public service. As part of this initiative, brochures have been produced detailing targeted recruitment measures which need to be taken by Public Sector employers.

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Making Your Premises Accessible

Accessibility does not just refer to gaining access to a building. In the workplace, accessibility refers to the ease with which the premises can be used by an employee, allowing them to be as independent as possible. This applies to all disabilities, whether physical, learning or visual or hearing impairments.


Making your building(s) accessible

  •  Provide level access, or ramps to ground floor entrance.
  • Provide lifts to upper floors.
  • Fit handrails to both sides of any steps or ramps.
  • Make sure doors are wide enough for people using wheelchairs to get through.

 

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Staff Training

Disability Awareness and Disability Equality Training

Holding disability awareness/equality training for staff throughout your organisation will help to create shared knowledge and foster company ethos.

Incorporating disability awareness training into induction training for all new members of staff would ensure that everyone receives this training.

It is important to monitor staff awareness to check that the training has been effective.

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