Disability Law

875413_47541979Disabled people have rights just like everybody else. These are designed and tailor made to protect you from discrimination. These laws and rights cover most of the areas that will affect your social life including employment, security and education.
It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against people with disabilities. It is upon the employer to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that you have the same advantages as other people at the work place. This can be anything from adjusting your working hours to the availing of special equipment to enable you work better.
During recruitment, there is an extent to which the questioning or interview can go. The questions are only valid to the extent that they seek to:
Determine whether you can handle a task that is an essential part of the job you are being interviewed for.
Increase the number of employees with disabilities.
Help decide whether it is important to make adjustments for you in the process of selection and eventual employment.
It is therefore important to see if the questions affect your rights before you can answer them. Remember that you cannot go into forced retirement due to your disability. The selection for redundancy should also be fair and equal to you. You should not be selected for redundancy just because you are disabled.
Everyone has equal right to education and it is against the law for any educational institutions to treat disabled people unfavorably. Unfavorable treatment includes:
Direct discrimination; refusing to admit an individual.
Indirect discrimination; withholding access to facilities that would otherwise be convenient for your use. Presenting learning material or application forms in a format that puts you at a disadvantages.
Harassment and victimization; by insulting, mistreatment and overlooking what other student may be doing to you that is unsettling. All complains of harassment should be handled with fairness.
At all levels of education, there should be structures and policies to ensure equitable learning and access to learning resources. There should be offices and individuals dedicated to handling these cases or any other that can be presented by disability.
The interaction between the police and people with disabilities should at all times be dictated by the parameters that are put in place in law. This will also be relative to your impairment.
Deafness, impaired hearing and speech. Whenever you are being questioned, make sure that there is proper arrangement by the police to have an interpreter present. An interrogation can only proceed without an interpreter in the event a delay will get in the way of proper operation.
Learning disability. An appropriate adult or such a person that can be able to make rational decision should be present when an interrogation is going on
Right to medical attention.
Whenever you as a person with a disability are being held in a police cell, you have rights to access medical attention from a health worker. This can be a nurse, a paramedic or a surgeon. These practitioners can be provided by the police or can be one that you choose.