Disabled children's rights improve with revised legislation

Disabled children will find they have new rights when they return to school this week, following new disability legislation in education.

Contact a Family, the national charity that helps families of disabled children, has produced a pack to help parents find their way through the new legislation. It includes a guide on rights from nursery to university.

The pack explains in a series of leaflets the disability provision of the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001, which comes into effect this month. The Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled children in education and strengthens the right of disabled children to participate in all aspects of schooling.

Contact a Family has developed the information in partnership with Network 81, a national network of parents working towards properly resourced inclusive education for children with special needs, along with Skill, the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities.

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