Does my child have a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person has a disability ‘if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

physical or mental impairment includes:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Medical conditions, including epilepsy, diabetes etc
  • Specific learning difficulties, including Autism, Dyslexia etc
  • Speech, language and communication needs

If the impairment has a substantial and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to day activities it may amount to a disability.

A young person has Special Educational Needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  1. Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age , or
  2. Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school.

If you would like to discuss your son or daughter please contact either Mrs Meakin or Mrs Butters.