Last night I went to a lecture looking at the demise of the DDA in October 2010 and it’s replacement, the Equality Act 2010. The lecture at just over an hour, given by a good friend Tim Spittle of Birmingham City Council, outlined the act and the spread of its remit, which I was surprised to find included a long list of older acts as well as the DDA.
Although the act is wide in its authority, Tim honed in on the building environment looking at the curent building regs that use and mention the older DDA, and how we might have to change our standard specification, the old DDA compliant, statement is dead, although it’s mentioned in Part M, which is not due for upgrading until at least 2015.
Sample items that Tim brought up were things like door widths, we all know about wheels chair access, but should we now recognise baby buggy‘s with a min door width of say 1000mm. Lift turning space for both wheel chairs and buggy’s toilet facitlties and lots more.
The hour Tim spoke for, was not enough to look at the act in depth, but it was enough to make it a high priority in my CPD and will add it as a specific item to my 2012-13 CPD list
Tim has promised to send me the powerpoint presentation, the usual list of attendee’s will get a link to down load, if your at all interested in this sent me an email and I’ll add you to the list, look below for a link to an older article on the DDA.
We gave CPD certs for 1.5 hours, but with even a little research and reading this will easily go to 2 hours or more
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