Ashley Smith-Hammond

All organisations that provide goods, facilities or services and all employers are subject to The Equality Act 2010. What does this mean for your organisation?

Next week we’re hosting an event that grandstands cultural projects that encourage D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

People with sensory impairments (such as those affecting hearing) are one of the groups that can be protected by The Equality Act 2010. This Act brought together over 100 statutes into a single piece of legislation. It provides a legal framework that protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fairer society.

The Act aims to prevent discrimination against those with ‘protected characteristics‘ who fit a legal definition of disability. All organisations that provide goods, facilities or services and all employers are subject to the Equality Act.

For more detailed information, see the Action on Hearing Loss factsheets.

The Equality Act 2010 – a summary guide

As a public body, Creative Scotland has a responsibility under the Equality Act to promote a fair and more equal society and show ‘due regard’ to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, as well as other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

To support the delivery of these outcomes, Creative Scotland requires any organisation that they fund to have an Equalities, Diversity and Equal Opportunities policy, and to comply with the Equality Act 2010.

What does EDI mean in practice for my organisation or practice?

Over on the Creative Scotland website, there is an excellent set of questions that can help you put Equalities, Diversity and Equal Opportunities into practice.

Although our D/deaf event on 13 July is now waiting list only, we will be launching a series of videos captured from the day. Find out the rewards of inclusive practice: like us on Facebook or sign up to our mailing list to be notified when they go live.