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Initial Teacher Training 2018/19 - Disability

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Initial Teacher Training 2018/19

Fields required from institutions in England


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valid entries
Short nameDISABLE

This field records the type of disability that a student has, on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

Applicable toEngland

All students.

Valid entries and labels
00No known disability
08Multiple disabilities
51A specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
53A social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
54A long standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
55A mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
56A physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
57Deaf or a serious hearing impairment
58Blind or a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
96A disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above

This field is identical to the Student.DISABLE field in the Student record.

With the introduction of the Disability Equality Duty, and on the recommendation of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), HESA has introduced a version of the coding frame introduced by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).

Disability is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

Only serious visual impairments are covered by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). For example, a person whose eyesight can be corrected through the use of prescription lenses is not covered by the DDA; neither is a simple inability to distinguish between red and green.

The same logic does not apply to hearing aids. If someone needs to wear a hearing aid, then they are likely to be covered by the DDA. However, both hearing and visual impairments have to have a substantial adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities in order for a person to be covered by the DDA. For more information see the Secretary of State's Revised Guidance on the definition of disability, The Disability Equality Duty.

The additional valid entries for entrants from 2010/11 onwards are 51 to 58.

Codes 51 and 53 are both types of learning disability/difficulty or cognitive impairment.

If this field is coded 08-96 indicating that the student has a disability, then Student.DISALL should be coded 4, 5 or 9.

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Element: DISABLE

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