Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001

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Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
Long title An Act to amend Part 4 of the Education Act 1996; to make further provision against discrimination, on grounds of disability, in schools and other educational establishments; and for connected purposes.
Citation 10
Royal assent 11 May 2001
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (c. 10), also known as SENDA, is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is intended as an adjunct to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which legislated to prevent the unfair treatment of individuals, in the provision of goods and services, unless justification could be proved. This legislation was deemed necessary as the previous Act did not encompass educational organisations. This was further replaced by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

The act required schools, colleges, universities, adult education providers, statutory youth service and local education authorities to make 'reasonable provisions' to ensure people with disabilities or special needs were provided with the same opportunities as those who were not disabled.[1]

The Act stated that discrimination occurred when the educational establishment/body either fails to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate individuals with special needs or a disability, or when they give them less favourable treatment.[2]

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  1. ^ Debenham, Lucy (31 October 2008). "The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act". About Learning Disabilities. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "SENDA brief guidelines for lecturers and teachers" (PDF). Edinburgh: Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 2 April 2011.