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Disability Discrimination Act

NHS Grampian's aim is to ensure that we meet the needs of people with a disability by making sure that everyone can:

  • access our buildings and grounds
  • contact us in a way that is easiest for them
  • get health information in many formats (such as Braille, large print etc.)

To comply with the Act we have carried out a review of all of our premises. This has led to changes to our toilets, ramps and signs.

We think it is very important to involve people. We have set up a group with people from local disability groups, patients and staff to give us advice and ideas on how we can improve things.

The Group has highlighted the need to improve:

  • training to raise awareness of disability issues
  • advice to the people who look at access to our premises
  • the use of the different ways that can be used to talk and write to people

What is the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 ?

An Act to make it illegal to treat disabled people differently.

It covers lots of areas, including:

  • employment, by making sure people with a disability are treated equally
  • the way we provide equipment and services to the public
  • how we manage our hospitals, clinics and buildings


This act states that a person has a disability if they have a long term physical or mental problem which has an impact on their ability to live a normal day to day life.

More information

For more information you can read about the Link opens in new windowAct on the Office of Public Service Information website. The Link opens in new windowDisability Rights Commission (Scotland) website also has more information.

Nigel Firth
Equality and Diversity Manager 
Room 7
Ashgrove House
AB25 2ZA

Tel:  01224 552245
Email:  nigel.firth@arh.grampian.scot.nhs.uk