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Implications of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Education Act 1996 for schools
The definition of disability is very broad and includes more
pupils than many people think. A wide range of impairments is
covered including, for example, learning disabilities, dyslexia,
diabetes and epilepsy, where the effect of the impairment on the
pupil’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities is
adverse, substantial and long-term.
To support schools and local authorities, the Department for
Education has produced comprehensive guidance in the form of
Implementing the Disability Discrimination Act in Schools and Early
Years Settings. This document provides all the necessary
information and templates to assist schools in creating their
accessibility policies and plans and includes a CD ROM and
three DVDs which give good examples of reasonable adjustments.
The Teachernet site provides a great deal of information which
gives a clear understanding of schools’ duties and responsibilities
in relation to the Disability
Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA).
Please use the links below for further information but note that
some of these are Microsoft Word documents that you may not be able
to open. These are intended mainly for staff in Medway schools.
disabled pupils (Word 33KB)
||The DDA and the Education
Act 1996 combine to provide the statutory framework that
underpins equality of opportunity for disabled pupils in accessing
|Definition of disability (Word 21KB)
- Mental and physical impairments.
- Normal day-to-day activities.
- Special educational needs and disability.
Diagnostic tool: Is Tom Disabled? (Word 30KB)
- Does Tom have a difficulty with any normal day-to-day
- Is Tom’s difficulty caused by an underlying impairment or
- Has Tom’s impairment or condition lasted or is it likely to
last, a year or more?
- Is the effect of Tom’s impairment or condition more than minor
- Promoting the disability equality duty and schemes in
- What needs to be in the Disability Equality Scheme.
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