Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 is designed to protect you from unfair treatment and to create a more equal society. The Act brings together a range of anti-discrimination laws that have been passed over the last 40 years to make it easier for you to understand your rights and challenge discrimination.

The Equality Act and sight loss

On 1 October 2010 the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), along with a range of other discrimination laws, was replaced by the Equality Act 2010 in England, Wales and Scotland (in Northern Ireland the DDA is still the law). The Equality Act covers all the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act as well as some additional protection from indirect discrimination, discrimination arising from disability and discrimination on the basis of association or perception.

If you are registered as blind or partially sighted, then you automatically meet the Equality Act’s definition of a disabled person. If you are not registered, then you might still qualify if your sight loss has a “substantial and long-term effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.

The following pages provide more information on the Equality Act 2010 if you are blind and partially sighted, including FAQs and information on challenging discrimination

We also have a number of factsheets with information on the Equality Act, including our Equality Act toolkit, with details of the most effective way to challenge discrimination, and specific factsheets on your rights in employment and education.

Our Equality Act factsheet answers some of the key questions about how the Equality Act 2010 affects blind and partially sighted people. This factsheet also includes some real-life examples of discrimination that blind and partially sighted people have faced.

There's more information about the Equality Act 2010 in our toolkit. The toolkit includes information about your rights under the Act and details of the most effective way to challenge discrimination.

Our Equality Act employment factsheet gives you all the information you need to know about your rights in employment.

  • Equality Act employment factsheet (Word, 406 KB)

Our Equality Act and education factsheet addresses some of the questions that blind or partially sighted learners in secondary or further/higher education may have about their rights in education under the Equality Act 2010. Parents may also be interested in finding out more from this factsheet.

Remember, no matter what your query our Helpline team are ready to help. If you need detailed information or advice about challenging discrimination, our Helpline team may refer you on to our Legal Rights team. Call 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk.

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