A legal case being heard this week highlights how disabled children who can be physically aggressive because of their impairment are currently being failed by equality laws, say inclusive education campaigners.
The upper tribunal this week heard the appeal brought by the parents of a 13-year-old disabled boy, known as L, who was excluded from school because of behaviour linked to his autism.
The way that Equality Act regulations are currently interpreted means children like L who are defined as having “a tendency to physical abuse” are often not treated as “disabled” and are therefore not protected by the Equality Act.
The lack of protection under the Equality Act means schools do not have to justify how a decision to exclude a disabled child in these circumstances is proportionate or explain how they have made reasonable adjustments to support the pupil so the behaviour can be prevented or reduced.
Statistics show that almost half of all school exclusions involve a child with special educational needs.
Two years ago, a report by a House of Lords committee on the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people said the regulations had “unintentionally, discouraged schools from paying sufficient attention to their duties” under the act.
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Hundreds of protests are planned across the country on Saturday to call for the reunification of immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” border policy.
Even after President Donald Trump ended family separation on the border with an executive order in June, images of children being taken from their parents, as well as a disappointingly slow reunification process, has sparked more than 700 planned marches in cities throughout the U.S., according to The Associated Press.
The protests attracted immigration activists as well as other first-time marchers who were drawn to respond to what they see as an immigration crisis on the southern border.
“I’m not a radical, and I’m not an activist,” Kate Sharaf, a co-organizer of a march in Portland, Oregon, said. “I just reached a point where I felt I had to do more.”
Protest organizers and immigration advocacy groups say the marches — which are funded by groups like the ACLU and The Leadership Conference, according to CBS News — show that the issue is gaining traction in response to White House policies.
“Honestly, I am blown away. I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this,” Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said.
A Sheffield pub had the perfect response when a parent asked if he could bring his wheelchair bound son inside.
The Barrel Chapeltown took to Facebook to reveal how the man came in and asked if they would be allowed to remain in the pub.
He warned staff that his child ‘sometimes makes loud noises and waves his arms about’, and that people have ‘made comments’ in the past.
In an emotional post on Facebook, the pub said it broke their heart that a parent would need to ask if they could bring their child inside.
The pub posted: “My intention is not to embarrass the parent who I spoke to yesterday, it has played on my mind all night about how this man must have felt asking me if his child would be accepted in here. It then got me thinking about how many other people must be in the same position
You’ll remember Godwin’s law, which holds that the longer an online debate goes on, the likelier it is that someone will mention Hitler or the Nazis. It was an amusing observation and one that served a useful purpose, guarding against hyperbole and fatuous comparison. Except last August, as the American far right staged a torchlight parade in Charlottesville, Mike Godwin suspended his own law. “By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis,” he tweeted. “Again and again. I’m with you.”
Despite that dispensation, I’ve tended to abide by my own version of Godwin’s law. I try to avoid Nazi comparisons, chiefly because they’re almost always wrong and because, far from dramatising whatever horror is under way, they usually serve to minimise the one that killed millions in the 1940s. And yet, there’s a cost to such self-restraint. Because if the Nazi era is placed off limits, seen as so far outside the realm of regular human experience that it might as well have happened on a distant planet – Planet Auschwitz – then we risk failure to learn its lessons. That would be to squander the essential benefit offered by study of the Third Reich: an early warning system.
For one, there’s the elemental act of separation itself. If you interview survivors of the Holocaust, one thing you notice is that even those who’ve grown used to describing events of the most extraordinary cruelty, and who can do so without shedding a tear, often struggle when they recall the moment they were parted from a parent. Mostly now in their 80s or older, they are taken back to that moment of childhood terror, one that never leaves them.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an “international protection mechanism” for occupied Palestinian territory.
So approx 45 countries throghout the world have introduced Voting Rights for women, what about all the others. Also are their any restrictions on these rights for if women have voting rights it should apply to all women.
How secure are these rights, can they be easily withdrawn.
Equality should be engaged everywhere and not only with regards to voting rights, but, I assume, you have to start somewhere.
Yes, what about Switzerland why did it take them so long.
Syria is but one of many conflicts around the world, but some gain publicity while others do not to the extent of Syria, such as Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many more.
Why do these atrocities occur and why can we not all live in peace?
Is it the grab for power and the fear of losing it by certain people that creates all this. Some overthrow their Government due to the atrocities that have been occurring only then to create more and sometimes similar atrocities themselves, could this be a human trait?
Cartoon criticizing selective outrage which only applies to chemical attacks, by Yaser
Once more the western ‘anti-war’ movement has awoken to mobilise around Syria. This is the third time since 2011. The first was when Obama contemplated striking the Syrian regime’s military capability (but didn’t) following chemical attacks on the Ghouta in 2013, considered a ‘red line’. The second time was when Donald Trump ordered a strike which hit an empty regime military base in response to chemical attacks on Khan Sheikhoun in 2017. And today, as the US, UK and France take limited military action (targeted strikes on regime military assets and chemical weapons facilities) following a chemical weapons attack in Douma which killed at least 34 people, including many children who were sheltering in basements from bombing.