Throughout this web site there are many references to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The Equality Act 2010 came into force in April 2010, this note explains how the new act came about. References on this site to the DDA can be read as applying equally to the new act.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 provided protection from disability-related discrimination but, following the judgment of the House of Lords in the case of London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm  UKHL 43, those provisions no longer provided the degree of protection from disability-related discrimination that is intended for disabled people. This new Act is aimed at re-establishing an appropriate balance between enabling a disabled person to make out a case of experiencing a detriment which arises because of his or her disability, and providing an opportunity for an employer or other person to defend the treatment.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) prompted service providers to provide access to the less able, in particular wheelchair users. The Equality Act re-enforces the requirements of the DDA and extends them.
For more information visit: http://www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_bill.aspx
As a manufacturer of products used by wheelchair users and other less able people we are aware of the requirements of the Equality Act: Although the Act has no direct impact on the design or construction of our equipment specifiers and users can be assured that our equipment fully complies with all the relevant standards and the spirit of the Equality Act 2010.