Student 2021/22 - Disability
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This field records the type of disability that a student has, on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.
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All students where any Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01
|Valid entries and labels
With the introduction of the Disability Equality Duty, and on the recommendation of Advance HE, HESA introduced a version of the coding frame introduced by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). This coding frame was introduced for the 2010/11 Student record.
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.
Providers are expected to reconfirm this information with the student, on at least an annual basis.
Where it is not known whether or not a student has a disability, code 00 'No known disability' should be returned.
If this field is coded 08-96 indicating that the student has a disability, then Instance.DISALL should be coded 4, 5 or 9.
From 2015/16, former valid entries 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 97, 98, and 99 have been removed. These codes were only valid for entrants prior to the 2010/11 academic year. As the usage of these codes has declined to very small levels, they have now been discontinued. Continuing students who entered prior to 2010/11 must now be returned using the newer coding frame.
Advance HE suggested question:
Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability 'if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'. 'Substantial' is defined by the Act as 'more than minor or trivial'. An impairment is considered to have a long term effect if:
Employment case law has highlighted that work activity does not have to be 'day-to-day' but covers activities that are required to participate in professional life e.g. activities used to select individuals for recruitment and promotion.
Only serious visual impairments are covered by the Equality Act 2010. For example, a person whose eyesight can be corrected through the use of prescription lenses is not covered by the Act; neither is an 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 Act. 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 Act.
Considering the above, do you have an impairment, health condition or learning difference?
Quality rules to follow
|To permit disability-based analysis; for monitoring levels and trends in participation by particular groups of people; to monitor take-up of Disabled Students' Allowance as Disabled Students' Allowance is now not means tested; to support the allocation for disability premium; to permit analysis based on type of disability.
Data type: DISABLECodeContentType
|Change management notes
|Guidance updated to amend 'field is coded 51-96' to 'field is coded 08-96' to match the coverage for the field DISALL and Student Alternative guidance.
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