11 May 2020 (by admin)
Dear Parent / Carer
All schools are under a duty to:
- Promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people
- Stop unlawful discrimination
- Stop harassment of disabled people that is related to their disabilities
- Promote positive attitudes toward disabled people
- Encourage disabled people to participate in public life
- Take steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities
We produced a plan to help achieve these aims which now needs updating.
We are asking those people who consider themselves to be disabled and parents or carers of others who would consider themselves disabled to help us by completing this questionnaire.
Under the Disability Equality Act, disability is described as: ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities’.
This includes people with cancer or surviving cancer, HIV, mental impairment and Multiple Sclerosis from the point of diagnosis.
Within the recommendations of the Disability in Education(DEE) all pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and those with long term medical needs will be treated as disabled for the purposes of the Act and for equality.
The school uses the social model of disability. We understand that the definition of disability under the Act is different from the eligibility criteria for special educational needs provision. This means that disabled pupils may or may not have special educational needs. The school recognises that social, educational and behavioural difficulties are part of this definition.
Please spare some time to complete this questionnaire and return it to the school by the end of this week. Certain sections and questions will be more applicable to you and others less so.
Please feel free to answer or omit questions as you feel appropriate.
Thank you in advance
The School Governors