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Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

Student reading on grassThe government has amended existing disability legislation, through the Disability Discrimination Act (2005). The DDA has placed a strategic duty on universities to be more inclusive and accessible to a wider range of students with disabilities. It is much more pro-active than the previous amendment to the DDA which was known as SENDA. Both the University and each individual member of staff can be held liable for contravening the Act.

In practice, the new DDA shifts the focus from 'making reasonable adjustments' to promoting inclusivity from the outset. Specific duties are outlined in the Disability Equality Statement Policy which can be viewed at: Equal Opportunities and Diversity.

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