This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 15: Education (Post-Compulsory)
UK providers of post-compulsory education are subject to The Equality Act (2010). This incorporates previously separate strands of legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act (1995). The Equality Act serves students and others covered by nine protected characteristics – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Before the 1980s there was minimal provision for disabled students in further and higher education (FE and HE) (Borland and James 1999). While the OFFA (the Office for Fair Access to higher education) scrutinizes the engagement of universities with disabled students, The Children and Families Bill (2012–13), going through the House of Lords at the time of writing, deemphasizes higher education as a viable post-school destination. ...