Disability Equality Scheme
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have produced a Disability Equality Scheme, which is now available for you to download below. This scheme sets out how we will be meeting our duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
What is a Disability Equality Scheme?
As an organisation we are required to follow specific parts of this legislation, one of these is to produce a DES.
The DES is a strategic document and includes an action plan which details how the service is going to approach its duties under the legislative requirements. It sets timescales for achieving the objectives that are set out in the action plan. This scheme will encourage and push forward real outcomes for disabled people; it will give practical improvements to the organisation which will ensure we are meeting our duties in this legislation.
The aim of this Scheme is to promote equality of opportunity and to eliminate discrimination both as a service provider and as an employer. It will promote positive attitudes and participation for disabled people.
The scheme must be in place by the 4 December 2006. It requires that people with disability are involved in the development of the Action Plan so that they can contribute and make a real difference to how the organisation approaches this new duty. This will include both employees and service users.