Access to Learning Project
Learning and Teaching Resources
compiled by Lotte Hammer
The amended Disability Discrimination Act (1995) (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1995/1995050.htm) makes it:
unlawful to discriminate against disabled people or students by treating them less favourably than others. In addition, it requires responsible bodies to provide certain types of reasonable adjustments to provision where disabled students or other disabled people who might otherwise be substantially disadvantaged.
There is, as yet, little case law in this field as most challenges brought about under the legislation have tended to be settled out of court. Nevertheless, it is still possible to determine what is likely to be unlawful. The ‘Code of Practice for providers of Post-16 education and related services’ includes many useful examples as does the DRC website.
Future case law will help to define the legislation but in the meantime, examples in the resources should help to construct what constitutes good practice in accessible learning and teaching in Higher Education.
The wording of the law will ultimately be interpreted by a court should it be tested but there is some assistance in the legislation to assist the understanding of key concepts: