Supporting aspirations – or not? Recent reforms on equality, the green paper on Special Educational Needs and the potential of a neurodiversity spectrum statement

Mackenzie, Robin and Watts, John and Howe, Lati (2012) Supporting aspirations – or not? Recent reforms on equality, the green paper on Special Educational Needs and the potential of a neurodiversity spectrum statement. Tizard Learning Disability Review , 17 (1). pp. 36-48. ISSN 1359-5474. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13595471211207138

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to apply critical legal analysis to laws, policies and reforms focused on special educational needs (SEN) and equality in England and to suggest a Neurodiversity spectrum statement. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews current legal and policy initiatives in SEN, together with recent reforms in equality law. Findings – While past and current policies may have laudable aims, tensions such as a lack of integration of education, health and social services have had prejudicial outcomes for children with SEN, their families/carers, and the professionals involved. Originality/value – Legal reforms promise to remedy some problems, but must be underpinned by adequate resourcing, appeal procedures, and remedies which foster the enforcement of legal duties. Some resources for families with children with SEN are noted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 11:49
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 11:00
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29024 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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