Summarize the Current Legislation and Codes of Practice Relevant to the Promotion of Equality and Valuing of Diversity

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1.a Disability Discrimination Acts 1995/2005 The Disability and Discrimination Acts 1995/2005 ensure that disabled people are treated in a fair and equal way. The Acts Summarize the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity place a responsibility on the providers of facilities, goods and services, making it unlawful for the provider to discriminate against disabled people. The 2005 Act covers all functions and services supplied by public bodies. This includes the provision of appropriate paths etc. There is also a requirement on public bodies to positively promote disability equality by: explaining how you will promote equality for disabled people; challenging discrimination against disabled people; helping to remove barriers for all disabled people. 1.b Disability Equality Scheme and Access Plan The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 expands on the 1995 Act by requiring all schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme. The Disability Equality Scheme must set out ways that schools promote equality of opportunity and promote positive attitudes towards pupils, staff and others with disabilities. In addition there must also be an Access Plan. This plan must identify how discriminatory barriers are removed. Such as: an improvement to the physical environment, such as ramps; lifts; room layout; lighting; providing information in different ways for children with a disability, such as audio, pictorial, larger print. 2.a Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001/Education Act 1996 The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 establish legal rights for disabled students in education by amending the Disability Discrimination Act to include education. The Act ensures that disabled students are not discriminated against in education, training and any services provided for
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