Learning Disabilities and Higher Education: the Duty to Promote Equality of Opportunity for Disabled People
|Published in||Issue 5 Summer 06: New Academic Resolution - Let's get out more|
|Date Published||Summer 2006|
By Dr Barbara Pavey
A widening understanding of special educational needs or learning disabilities, together with duties under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (itself constituting Part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995), means that the world of Higher Education (HE) now necessarily embraces the diversity of learning needs. The new duty to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people is part of the Disability Discrimination Act as amended in 2005, and comes into effect in December 2006. This duty takes further the responsibilities and practices already existent in HE under the 2001 Act and the widening participation agenda....