Your rights and learning
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 amended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to make it unlawful for education providers to discriminate against disabled pupils, students and adult learners.
This means that Deta 2000 Ltd will not treat disabled people less favourably than their non-disabled peers. It also means that we will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled people in our training centre do not suffer a substantial disadvantage in comparison to people who are not disabled.
Making ‘reasonable adjustments’ means:
• Changing any practice, policy or procedure which makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people to use a service (for example, waiving a no dogs policy for blind students accompanied by their guide dog).
• Providing an auxiliary aid or service which would enable disabled people to use a service (for example, providing a British Sign Language interpreter at a public meeting where deaf people will be present).
• Overcoming a physical feature by providing service by alternative methods.
Definition of ‘disability’ under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
The definition, for the purposes of the Act:
• Substantial means neither minor nor trivial.
• Long term means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions).
• Normal day-to-day activities include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping.
• A normal day-to-day activity must affect one of the ‘capabilities’ listed in the Act which include mobility, manual dexterity, speech, hearing, seeing and memory.
Some conditions such as a tendency to set fires and hay fever are specifically excluded.
Provisions allow for people with a past disability to be covered by the scope of the Act. There are also additional provisions relating to people with progressive conditions.
The DDA 2005 amends the definition of disability, removing the requirement that a mental illness should be ‘clinically’ well-recognised.
People with HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis will be deemed to be covered by the DDA effectively from the point of diagnosis, rather than from the point when the condition has some adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Funding and support arrangements
The Learning and Skills Council and your Local Education Authority are responsible for the cost of full-time training and education for people up to the age of 19. Deta 2000 Ltd receives money to pay for the extra learning support needed by disabled students or students with learning difficulties.
If you need extra support not related to your learning, for example, personal care or medical care, your local health authority and social services department should be involved in any arrangements.
Your Lifetime Nord Anglia or Sheffield Futures personal adviser should work with these different agencies to make sure arrangements are in place.
If you had a statement of special educational needs when you were in school, your school and LEA should have worked with others, including social services if necessary, as part of your ‘Transition Plan’ to adulthood.
What is this statement for?
This statement will answer your questions and help you to make informed choices about your training. It is designed to tell you what support is available, how to get more details and who to ask for information.
Engineering can be a dangerous and complex industry, but this should not deter you from being successful.
We welcome learners with disabilities.
How do I inform DETA of my support needs?
As part of your initial contact with us you will be asked complete an application form and a health questionnaire. You can record your support needs on these documents.
You will be invited into the training centre to complete a series of initial assessment tests and an interview. Do not let the tests put you off applying to join the training programme – they have been specifically designed to help us identify additional support needs in literacy, numeracy and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
During your interview you will have an opportunity to discuss in confidence any additional support needs and any health issues. For your own safety it is imperative that you inform us of all of your medical conditions.
What happens if you cannot meet my support needs?
If Deta 2000 Ltd cannot offer a course which meets your specific needs then you may be eligible for funding to attend a specialist college. Your Lifetime Nord Anglia or Sheffield Futures personal adviser will be able to help you apply for this.
Are the staff at DETA qualified to meet my needs?
The training and assessment staff at DETA are all qualified in their occupational area. In addition they have all achieved appropriate teaching and training qualifications.
All of our staff work towards a continuous professional development programme which has included:
• Literacy and numeracy support
• Dyslexia awareness
• Equality and Diversity
• Support for women in engineering
Whilst you are training with DETA you will be allocated with your own personal support team. It will consist of:
• A personal trainer/assessor for each work area
• A programme mentor
• A management team who will not be involved in your day-to-day training but will be available for support throughout your programme.
What help can DETA give me if I have difficulty producing portfolio evidence?
In addition to the use of computers in the training centre our staff have access to laptop computers which can be taken out to the workplace.
Our assessors prefer to use observation as a primary assessment method so this will reduce the amount of written work that you have to produce. Dictaphones, cameras and video cameras are available for the collection of supporting evidence.
If you are left handed please let us know, we will provide you with a left handed portfolio and you will not have to remove pages to write on them.
What help can you give me when I am taking an exam?
In the case of most examining boards, if you have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) you need to be assessed by an independent educational psychologist to be allowed extra time and help in examinations. If this service is required DETA will be happy to arrange it for you through the Dyslexia Institute.
If you are eligible for extra support during examinations we will be able to meet your needs by:
• Allocating additional time
• Supervising breaks during the exam
• Providing reading and writing assistance
• Using exam papers with enlarged print or modified print layouts
• Using Braille exam papers
• Allocating low vision aids
• Using exam papers with language modifications
• Providing hearing enhancements
• Making arrangements for exams to be taken in a single room
What will I do if I am unhappy about my training programme or my treatment at DETA?
Initially you can talk to any member of your personal support team. If the situation cannot be resolved you will need to make an official complaint using our complaints procedure. You will be issued with this procedure during your induction.
Where can I get further information?
You can gain further information from DETA through our:
• Induction Pack
• Apprentice Rule Book
• Equality and Diversity Workshop
• Equality and Diversity Policy
• Learners Guide to Surviving Equality and Diversity
• Health and Safety Policy
If you need to access specific support or counselling services speak to a member of your personal support team and they will seek appropriate advice and support on your behalf.
You can gain further independent information from:
• The Learning and Skills Council
• The Equal Opportunities Commission
• The Disability Rights Commission
• The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
• The Commission for Racial Equality
For more information about support for disabled learners contact:
Deta 2000 Ltd.