The Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Part IV

Disability Discrimination Act Part IV, and described in the Code of Practice (2002) for Providers of post-16 Education and Related Services. In 2006, the DDA amendment regulations were introduced, bringing various changes including some to the part of the DDA dealing with post-16 education. In addition, the DDA 2005 brought a new duty to all public authorities, including universities, to promote disability equality. The elimination of disability discrimination and of the harassment of disabled people combines with the following strands of the positive duties:

  • To promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and people who are not disabled
  • To promote positive attitudes to disabled people
  • To encourage disabled people to take part in public life
  • To take account of disabled people’s needs, even if this demands more favorable treatment of disabled people.

Campuses have to respond to the needs of these students with appropriate support, which would include captioning media that is used as instructional materials.