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  Disability law comes into force
Updated 01 October 2004, 18.51
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A new law has come into force to try to make life easier for people in the UK with disabilities.

The Disability Discrimination Act says that every business must ensure they make their services easier to access.

There are 700,000 disabled children in the UK and one of the biggest problems is getting in and out of shops.

But there's still a lot more that needs to be done. The Act doesn't cover public transport or the lay out of streets and kerbs.

Getting about

Roxanne Steel, 14, who has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user, told Newsround: "I get very frustrated when I can't do things that normal teenagers do so easily.

"There are some shops I can't get into because they've got steps."

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Steps are a nightmare for Roxanne

Some lifts are too small for a wheelchair and even though many shops have wheelchair ramps some are too steep to use.

But it's also the smaller things that can be annoying.

"I can't sit next to my boyfriend in the cinema, and in some shops the hangers are too high."

From 1 October, if businesses don't meet the new standards they could be fined.

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