The Disability Discrimination Act 2002 – and How it Changed Society

20 November 2019

How far has Australia progressed with ensuring that people with disability have the same rights as other citizens?

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On 1 March 1993, Australia’s first federal, uniform legislation to recognise the rights of people with disability was born - the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

This marked a major symbolic step towards ensuring that people with disability have the same rights as other citizens.

Over the past quarter of a century, the DDA has contributed significantly to social change for people with disability and has been used to fight against discriminatory practices in many fields, including employment, education, access to transport, goods, services, facilities and more.

We’d like to share with you this article from the Human Rights Commission which provides some observations of the impact the DDA has had on the lives of people with disability in Australia, and how far we have progressed under the auspices of the DDA.

The author points out that despite our progress, we still have a way to go to fully embed ‘rights consciousness’ to ensure that all people with disability are living in a truly inclusive Australian society.

You can access the article here.

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