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Promoting Disability Equality in Schools

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Guidance for headteachers and teachers in Wales

The Duty has been introduced by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA 2005) and supplements existing provision under Part 4 of DDA 1995 (introduced by SENDA 2001).

It sets out:

  • A general duty to promote disability equality, which applies to all public authorities; and
  • A specific duty, which applies to particular public authorities and publicly-funded schools.  The specific duty includes a requirement to prepare and publish a Disability Equality Scheme (a scheme) showing how a public authority is meeting its general duty.

It does not bring in new rights for disabled people; rather it requires schools to take a more proactive approach to promoting disability equality and eliminating discrimination.

It requires schools, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people;
  • Eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Disability Discrimination Act;
  • Eliminate harassment of disabled people that is related to their disability;
  • Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people;
  • Encourage participation by disabled people in public life;
  • Take steps to meet disabled people's needs, even if this requires more favourable treatment.