Equality Policy

Reasonable Access Remit

Reasonable Access is primarily for:

  1. Disabled and Deaf people.
  2. Carer/Appointees who are people representing or supporting disabled people under 18, individuals without full legal capacity, or individuals who need support to assert and enforce their disability access rights.
  3. Allies of disabled people who challenge discrimination and campaign for disability rights

Reasonable Access is a Deaf and Disabled Persons Led Organisation with a mandate in our Founding Constitution to have 75% of trustees being Deaf or Disabled people. At present, 100% of trustees meet this criteria.

Geographical location

Reasonable Access is aimed at people based in:

  • England, Wales and Scotland which has the Equality Act and
  • Northern Ireland which has various Disability Discrimination Acts.
Much of the non-legal specific material we provide will be useful to disabled people and supporters outside of Great Britain.

Social Model of Disability

We are strongly influenced by the Social Model of Disability which we interpret in simple terms to mean that people are disabled by barriers in society in addition to our impairments.

In general we will use “identity first” language such as “disabled person” or “autistic person” unless different styles are preferred by any particular group. Where relevant, we may refer to someone with person-with-impairment language. When dealing with individuals we will try to use and reflect their preferred terminology.

Learn about the Social Model of disability

We can recommend the following resources to learn more about the Social Model:

Other personal and protected characteristics

Reasonable Access are committed to treating all people equally and with respect regardless of their:

  • Age.

  • Disability – or impairment type.

  • Ethnicity or nationality.

  • Faith or religion.

  • Gender-identity.

  • Intellectual ability.

  • Marriage or civil partnership status.

  • Occupation.

  • Pregnancy or parenthood.

  • Sex.

  • Sexual orientation.

  • Socio-economic status, wealth or income.

  • Unrelated criminal convictions.

We recognise that equal treatment is not the same thing as identical treatment and different treatment is sometimes needed.

Further intersectional disability discrimination issues

We recognise that there is often oppression related to the above characteristics and that people can experience discrimination on the basis of multiple characteristics at the same time e.g. for being female and disabled, or black, female and disabled.

We recognise that people in different impairment groups can experience disability discrimination and barriers to challenging discrimination in different ways. Examples include inaccessible information for people with sight impairments, access to spoken communication and telephony for deaf people and understanding complex written language for people with cognitive impairments.

We will accept trans and non-binary people as their self-identified gender for all purposes. We recognise and will provide opportunities for everyone (cis and trans alike) at Reasonable Access events or online spaces to indicate their correct pronouns. Our trustees indicate their pronouns in their online profiles. We recognise navigating formal complaints and legal systems may have additional challenges for trans and non-binary people and others who use different names to their identity or birth certificate paperwork.