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1 Learning Support Services Special Educational Needs & Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) Ruth Whitfield

2 Learning Support Services 12 June What is it? Amends the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) Introduces a new Part IV to DDA Brings education into line with other service providers

3 Learning Support Services 12 June What is unlawful? To discriminate against a disabled student: In the arrangements made for determining admissions In the admission terms By refusing or deliberately omitting to accept an application for admission In the student services it provides By excluding whether permanently or temporarily from the institution

4 Learning Support Services 12 June SENDA and IT General teaching and research facilities Distance learning Independent learning Computer facilities Library resources

5 Learning Support Services 12 June Main areas of concern for IT Course materials Computer facilities Institutional and departmental Web sites

6 Learning Support Services 12 June Is it a reasonable adjustment to modify or design a Web site to make it accessible? Web sites

7 Learning Support Services 12 June Web accessibility Accessibility should form part of the specification for updating and redeveloping a Web site Web sites need to be accessible to Priority level 1 of the W3C guidelines Prevalent viewpoint: Technology permits accessible Web sites and cost is not prohibitive

8 Learning Support Services 12 June The Code of Practice in HE The institution's publicity, programme details and general information should be accessible to people with disabilities and describe the opportunities for disabled students to participate. electronic information, including web sites, is accessible to students with disabilities

9 Learning Support Services 12 June Provision in other formats Need to: Be available for the same length of time Provide updates within the same timescales as those provided on-line.

10 Learning Support Services 12 June Australian case Bruce Lindsay Maguire v Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games A blind user unable to access the Sydney Olympic Web site W3C guidelines were taken as the accessibility benchmark


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