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Rights and Duties

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Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Archived Disability Rights Commission (DRC) publications are also available via the EHRC site.

Scottish Disability Team


New DDA duties for General Qualifications Bodies 

Under new amendments to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) which came into force on 1 September 2007, it is now unlawful for general qualifications bodies to discriminate against disabled people.

Protection for students
General qualifications bodies are those which award qualifications such as GCSEs, A levels, GNVQs, the International Baccalaureate and other non-vocational exams, as well as their Scottish and Welsh equivalents. Exam candidates are now protected by the new rules and general qualifications bodies cannot discriminate against them. Exam candidates can expect general qualification bodies to make reasonable adjustments, such as allowing extra time or providing exam materials in alternative formats.

Code of Practice Post-16 (revised) for providers of post-16 education and related services (2007)
A draft Code of Practice to help qualifications bodies understand the new duties was launched in September by the former Disability Rights Commission (DRC). This is not yet a legal document and the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will have responsibility for getting it approved by Parliament. 

It is available in print and alternative formats from The Stationery Office:

Telephone: 0870 600 5522
Textphone: 0870 240 3701
Fax: 0870 600 5533

PO Box 29

Download the guidance here:

Understanding the Disability Discrimination Act: A guide
for colleges, universities and adult community learning providers in Great Britain

This guidance gives an introduction to the law in all areas of college and university life. It covers duties in relation to students, staff and service users and will signpost you to the relevant Codes of Practice and guidance for further information. The guidance looks in detail at the experiences of disabled people right across the institution. There are real-life examples of good and bad practice from staff and students. [164 pages]

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DED schools briefing

This briefing paper poses questions and answers on the Disability Equality Duty in schools in England and Wales. It concentrates mainly on the areas that are distinct to schools, as opposed to post-16 education providers.
For more information and to download or order useful publications from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), including Implementing the Disability Discrimination Act in schools and early years settings, and Promoting Disability Equality in schools visit TeacherNet

DDA Materials

This briefing has been produced by Skill at the request of the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Programme (SPA) in light of amendments to the Part 4: Education of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995).
This briefing document outlines what the new duties for promoting disability equality mean for senior managers in Higher Education Institutions.
These Word downloads are guides to the new duties under part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act...
These Word downloads are guides to the new duties under part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act...
This document is a staff disability-awareness learning module published by the DEMOS project. It is written by Jenni Knox, Skill's Policy Director...
This article looks at some of the common misunderstandings about the law and clarifies the issues....
Guidance on International Students with Personal Care Support Needs
The Scottish Disability Team at the University of Dundee have produced a series of guidance notes aimed at Disability Co-ordinators/Advisors, International Student Advisors, Heads of Student Services and Managers with policy and budgetary responsibility. The Guidance Notes cover the responsibilities of universities/colleges under the DDA, the law concerning the duty of care, as well as looking at issues of residency and reciprocal agreements.
Full details are available on the Scottish Disability Team website
[May 2009]

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