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Information & advice

Disability discrimination

All parents find searching for the best school for their child difficult. However, for a parent with a child that has Special Educational Needs and Disabilities this can be especially challenging. Here are 8 tips to guide you through the primary to secondary school transition process.

What is a disability?

You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal activities

What is disability discrimination?

Disability discrimination is when you are treated unfairly or put at a disadvantage for a reason that relates to your disability.

Where can disability discrimination occur?

  • At work
  • In an education setting (school or college etc.)
  • While shopping
  • Eating out
  • Staying in a hotel
  • Transport and travelling

Contact your local SENDIAS service if you need advice and support on disability discrimination.


More information

We have a range of further resources for you to download that may be useful.

School transition guide

Our survival guide for transitioning to secondary school has even more advice.

School transition infographic

A handy infographic summarising the advice on this page.