How to Equip a School to Cater for Those with a Disability

Sep 20, 2018 by

Accessibility for those with disabilities has been greatly improved in recent years. However, in many sectors there’s still plenty of room for improvements. Businesses have really stepped up to ensure their premises are accessible to disabled workers and customers for example. Now, other sectors, such as the education sector, need to follow suit.

Providing facilities and aids for pupils with a disability is crucial to ensuring all young people have equal access to education. Here, we’ll look at how to equip a school to cater to those with a disability.

Providing transportation

One of the main challenges disabled pupils face is getting to and from school. The good news is, this can be easily rectifiable. Companies such as Allied Fleet, provide customised vehicles to schools and the healthcare sector. Each vehicle is individually customised and provides wheelchair access. These vehicles can be used to pick up disabled students, take them to school and take them back home again.

As well as transport to and from the school, you’ll also want to focus on helping the pupils get around the premises. This could include providing wheelchairs, lifts and access ramps in addition to stairs.

Ensuring facilities are disabled friendly

All of the school’s facilities should be fully accessible to disabled students. Toilets should be disability friendly, allowing wheelchair users to not only get into the toilet unaided, but to use the facilities comfortably too. Disabled toilets need to be slightly different, with a lower toilet, emergency cords and grab rails installed.

Similarly, the canteen should also offer disabled friendly seating and there should be ramps, wider doors and lifts available throughout the premises. If you’re unsure which changes need to be made, you can have an accessibility assessment conducted.

Providing designated teachers

It’s not just the facilities which need to be disabled-friendly. Many schools also lack sufficient designated teachers. Students with disabilities often need a little extra attention and help during lessons. Without a designated teacher to help them, they could end up falling behind or simply not getting the right level of help that they need.

These are just some of the way’s schools can ensure they are catering to disabled students. It is expensive to make adjustments, but government funding is available. By making the necessary changes, disabled students will have the same opportunities as everyone else and get the access to education that they need. 

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