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This page outlines proposed changes on the meaning of 'disability', and also on what grounds of discrimination can be unlawful. The proposed changes would not necessarily apply to Northern Ireland.
The Equality Act 2010 has a provision (not yet in force) to cover direct discrimination on up to two combined grounds, e.g. disability and gender, or disability and race. For more, see Equality Act 2010: Who is protected: Dual discrimination.
It was proposed that an impairment should not need to have a 'substantial' or 'long-term' effect in order qualify as 'disability'. This would be a very important change. For more, see Wider definition of 'disability'?
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