Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001

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An Act which repealed the exemption of education from the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and made it unlawful for educational institutions in both the pre‐ and post‐16 education sectors to discriminate against disabled pupils and students. Examples of discrimination would be refusing a place to a student with motor impairment simply because the school or college had no lift to the upper floor and providing learning materials in written format only for students with a learning difficulty affecting the ability to decode written language. The Act is all‐embracing, covering admissions, education, and associated services (for example, school trips, student residential accommodation, and access to leisure facilities), but excludes requirements for the removal or alteration of physical features and the provision of auxiliary aids or services. The Act places a duty on the responsible body (normally governors) of all institutions to be anticipatory in making reasonable adjustments to existing provision. See also accessibility plans.

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Trisha Bowen,


Liz Ellis

Subjects: Education.

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