Equinet’s latest publication Equality Bodies and Reasonable Accommodation Beyond the Ground of Disability addresses the extension of the concept and the provision of reasonable accommodation beyond the ground of disability, in order to achieve full equality in practice for everyone.
Some groups, because of certain inherit characteristics, face barriers to the full and equal participation in society, as society often fails to take account of the specific needs that these characteristics entail. Measures, such as reasonable accommodation, need to be taken to respond to these disadvantages and exclusion, eliminate discrimination and achieve full equality in practice.
The provision of reasonable accommodation on the ground of disability ensures the full participation of persons with disabilities in employment, services, and beyond. Such provision is well established in anti-discrimination law, at the UN and European levels, as well as in the work of Equality Bodies.
The provision of reasonable accommodation has the potential to be implemented in relation to other grounds of discrimination, such as racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, age and gender.
The Equinet perspective on Equality Bodies and Reasonable Accommodation Beyond the Ground of Disability explores Equality Bodies’ viewpoints on the concept of reasonable accommodation beyond the ground of disability, it examines the related work of Equality Bodies and looks at the future, by laying down proposals for actions by Equality Bodies and policy makers. The perspective was developed through the work of the Equinet Policy Formation Working Group as well as the contribution of 9 Equality Bodies.