D.D.A. guide: Who does the
The definition of "disability" in the DDA includes:
disabilities, as well as
presence in the body of disease-causing organisms.
broad definition is meant to ensure that everyone with a disability is
DDA covers a disability which people:
in the past (for example: a past episode of mental illness),
have in the future (eg: a family history of a disability which a person
may also develop),
believed to have (for example: if people think someone has AIDS).
DDA also covers people with a disability who may be discriminated against
are accompanied by an assistant, interpreter or reader,
are accompanied by a trained animal, such as a guide or hearing dog,
use equipment or an aid, such as a wheelchair or a hearing aid.
DDA also protects people who have some form of personal connection with
a person with a disability like relatives, friends, carers and co-workers
if they are discriminated against because of that connection or relationship.
For example, it is unlawful discrimination if:
parent is refused a job because the employer assumes he or she will
need time off work to look after a child with a disability
are refused access to a restaurant because they are with a friend who
has a disability
carer of a person with a disability is refused accommodation because
of his or her association with the person with a disability
worker is hassled about working with a person with a disability.
because of disability, such as insults or humiliating jokes, is unlawful
in employment, education and in the provision of goods, services and facilities.
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