Since 1st September 2012 the reasonable adjustments duty for schools and local authorities has included a duty to provide auxiliary aids and services for disabled pupils.
This duty is contained in section 20(5) of the Equality Act 2010:
‘… a requirement, where a disabled person would, but for the provision of an auxiliary aid, be put at a substantial disadvantage in relation to a relevant matter in comparison with persons who are not disabled, to take such steps as it is reasonable to have to take to provide the auxiliary aid.’
1. What is an "auxiliary aid"?
The words ‘auxiliary aid’ means aids and services. An aid is a piece of equipment which helps the disabled person, such as a special chair, adapted text, or special computer equipment or software. A service is something people provide, such as personal assistance or therapy.
2. How can I access an auxiliary aid for my child?
Sefton Council works in partnership with schools and settings to ensure that children and young people who require them have access to the auxiliary aids and services they require. The funding for such aids and services is considered as part of the established funding system, where schools are responsible for the first £6000 of any service or aid that is required.