11 October 2013
City lawyers win equality rights appeal
Sheffield lawyers have won a key case at the Court of Appeal which could be significant for all disabled people.
A team from Sheffield Law Centre, on Joiner Street, Wicker, represented a profoundly deaf man whose home was raided three times for drugs in 2010 and 2011.
Police knew his condition from previous dealings with him.
But officers on the raids did not use qualified British Sign Language interpreters but made do with lip-reading, writing on pieces of paper and with the help of the man’s wife.
The man won his case of disability discrimination after the Master of the Rolls ruled that BSL was a separate language in its own right, used by a significant number of people.
The Master stressed that police must make reasonable adjustments for deaf people in general in advance, not dealing with situations as they arose. […]