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Top marks for new equality rule in schools

The lives of children with diabetes in school should be made easier by new legislation added into the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

The introduction of the Disability Equality Duty (DED) will require schools in England to proactively promote disability equality and eliminate discrimination. Although many people with diabetes do not consider themselves disabled, they are covered under the DDA.

The new legislation means that schools have to:

  • develop disability equality at every level, from policy to the classroom
  • demonstrate what they have done and plan to do to improve opportunities and outcomes for disabled pupils, staff and parents
  • involve pupils with disabilities, staff and parents in every aspect of their scheme.

“Diabetes UK is delighted with the news," said Penny Mordaunt, Director of Campaigning at Diabetes UK.

"All too often, we have heard of cases where children with diabetes have been made to feel the odd-one-out or have not been included in the full range of school activities.

"People with diabetes can lead normal healthy lives. As school is a major part of children’s lives, we hope that schools will embrace the DED. We will be monitoring progress closely.”

Secondary schools should have published their disability equality schemes by 4 December 2006. Primary schools must publish their schemes by 3 December 2007.

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