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Learning providers are concerned about access to learning for disabled

Learning providers are concerned about access to learning for disabled

Learning providers are concerned about the changing provision for learners with disabilities or learning difficulties, according to a new survey. 

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has released a survey about the access to learning for people with disabilities or learning difficulties. 

Most concerns were raised about entitlements to learn and planned changes in eligibility for automatic fee remission. In order to develop an evidence base, NIACE conducted the survey to establish a clearer picture. 

“Learning providers, senior management teams and teachers need clear information and need to open up clear communication channels. This is essential so that learners are not offered inappropriate courses and qualifications solely because of funding methods. 

Peter Lavender, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said: “The forthcoming changes to automatic fee eligibility remission need to be reviewed. NIACE recommends BIS carry out a review and an Equality Impact Assessment, in consultation with learning providers and other organisations, to ascertain how these changes may impact upon adults with disabilities.”

Mr Lavender added: “Learning transforms lives, particularly the lives of some of the most marginalised people in our communities. As the Association of Colleges have pointed out, some 33,000 students with disabilities on inactive benefits might be affected by these rule changes. The impact of this, unless urgent action is taken, could mean many thousands of people remain isolated and not part of society.” 

Posted by Nick Tellwright

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