The DDA's overarching advantage is its minimization of discrimination toward disabled people in the U.K. It provides fundamental egalitarianism in society through equal rights in employment; access to goods, services and facilities; transactions in real estate property; use of public transport; and education.
Pursuant to the DDA, a person is "disabled" if he has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial effect on his ability to perform normal day-to-day activities. U.K. lawmakers recognize that a person suffering from such an impairment should be entitled to equal life opportunities, but that stereotypes against the "disabled" generally have resulted in ready and rampant discrimination against most disabled people. Thus, the DDA's greatest overall strength is the awareness it has created among employers, businesses and educators that a disabled person can function and succeed--in equal measures as one fully abled--if given reasonably accommodating conditions.