The Equality Act was introduced in 2010 which combines over 100 separate pieces of legislation into a single act.
Combined, the make up a new act that provides that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity to all.
The Act provides protection:
As a consumer
When using public services
When buying or renting a property
As a member or guest of a private club or association
Every design has the potential to include or exclude certain users.
Designing for the future
The British Standards Institute (2005) defines and inclusive design as:
“The design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible, without the need for special adaptation or specialised design.”