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Service Provision for Disabled and Non-Disabled Children Written Answer, 10/02/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Cara Hilton's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that adequate service provision is allocated to ensure equality of provision for disabled and non-disabled children.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied, that Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children and provide auxiliary aids and services to avoid substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled children. In addition, service providers have a duty to actively deal with inequality, and to prevent direct disability discrimination, indirect disability discrimination and discrimination arising from disability and harassment or victimisation on the basis, or a perceived basis, of protected characteristics, including disability. It is for individual service providers to ensure that they comply with these duties.

In addition, under the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Educational Records) (Scotland) Act 2002 responsible bodies have duties to develop and publish accessibility strategies to increase pupils access to the curriculum, access to the physical environment of schools and improving communication with disabled pupils. Also education authorities and other agencies have duties under the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (as amended) to identify, provide for and review the additional support needs of their pupils, including disabled pupils.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 10 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 10 February 2015