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New guidelines published for schools

22 July, 2002

From September 2002, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001), will make it unlawful for providers of education and related services to discriminate against disabled people in the UK.

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) has published two Codes of Practice for schools and post-16 education. To launch the Codes the DRC brought together disabled people - with good and bad stories to tell about their educational experiences - with MPs, peers and leading figures from education and business at a parliamentary reception on 8 July.

The Codes are available from the DRC's website:

The DRC will formally launch the Educating for Equality campaign at the start of the new school year in September.

As part of this campaign, the Commission will publish brief guides to help schools, providers of further education, higher education institutions, providers of adult and community education and statutory youth services to find out more about the duties and how they might implement them.