Firms in dark on disability law

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Firms in dark on disability lawOn 2 May 2000 in Personnel Today A third of financial companies are not aware they need to change the waythey provide services to the public to comply with legislation outlawingdisability discrimination, a survey found.The research is based on responses from FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies.It found many companies are unaware they could be required to providedocumentation in braille, issue annual reports on audio tape or provide loopand speech-to-text facilities at an AGM.Fifty-two per cent of companies said they think they could be required tomake changes.A further 33 per cent said they do not know, or think the legislation is notapplicable.Twelve per cent said they do not believe they need to make any changes.Of those companies which believe they need to make changes, 77 per cent havealready done so or are proposing to.They said measures planned or already achieved include provision ofshareholder documentation in Braille and large print, and voice recognitionsoftware.Other measures set to be introduced include text phone facilities andwheelchair access.The survey was carried out by law firm Addleshaw Booth & Co.Head of commercial services Malcolm Pike said, “What is clear is thedegree of uncertainty that exists even among some of the largest organisationsin the country about the implications of the legislation.”last_img read more