Equality, Disability and the Law
The Equality Act 2010 has brought under one umbrella the various anti-discrimination laws including those relating to disability, age, sexual orientation, equal pay, race and religion. The law is framed in general terms and is not intended to prevent or place barriers in the way of innovative use of technology. Reasonable adjustments need to be made wherever possible to ensure disabled persons do not suffer substantial disadvantage. The Public Sector Equality Duty reinforces the requirement that institutions need to be anticipatory and proactive in encouraging disabled persons to participate in the education provision and the various activities of each institution and there are specific duties to support the equality duty. The disability discrimination provisions contained in the Act apply to the services, including educational services, an institution provides to its staff, students, and third parties.