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Subject: Protection for disabled students
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 20:50:49 +0700
From: "rdoap" <[log in to unmask]>
Protection for disabled students
Young people with disabilities in Northern Ireland who feel they are
discriminated against in school or college are to get new legal
The draft order is likely to be made law by the end of the year.
However, some pressure groups say it is not strong enough.
The proposed new law is published on Friday, giving schools, colleges
and universities notice that it will come into force in September 2005.
Similar legislation was introduced in England, Scotland and Wales three
years ago and some say the regulations would have gone further if there
had been a local assembly.
The law will strengthen the right for a child with a disability to get a
place in a mainstream school, as long as that does not affect the
education of other pupils.
It says schools will have to take "reasonable" steps to ensure pupils
with a disability are not "substantially disadvantaged".
However, these words of qualification have angered pressure groups.
They think the law does not go far enough and allows too many "get-out"
clauses for schools and education boards.
People wishing to comment on the legislation have 12 weeks to respond to
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2004/04/02 08:19:52 GMT
© BBC MMIV
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