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Disability Discrimination

If you consider that your child has been discriminated against by the school or Local Authority for a reason that is related to their disability, then it is important to seek legal advice to ensure that their special educational need is recognised as a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  Claims can include direct discrimination, indirect discrimination and further specific claims relating to failing to make reasonable adjustments.

Not all children who have special educational needs are disabled.  Similarly not all disabled children have a special educational need.  The school and Local Authority have duties towards disabled children and must ensure that they are not treated less favourably than their counterparts.  They are required to make 'reasonable adjustments' when considering how to support a disabled child.

There are also certain circumstances when a school or Local Authority can lawfully discriminate against a disabled child and that is why it is important to seek expert legal advice to determine whether or not your child has been unlawfully discriminated against and to discuss the remedies available to you.

Disability Discrimination Claims can be made against Local Authority maintained mainstream schools, Local Authority maintained special schools, Academies, FE institutions and Universities.  Disability Discrimination Claims can also be made against independent schools (i.e. parents pay the school fees).

I can help make Disability Discrimination Claims against universities, Further Education Colleges, and other organisations including Local Authorities, Independent Schools, Academies and Local Authority maintained schools.

If you need help and advice on these, or any other matters relating to your child or young person's special educational needs, please call 029 2073 6329 to arrange your FREE initial telephone consultation or make an online enquiry by clicking here.