Sean Kennedy

Legal Adviser for AnnaKennedyOnline

Staff Training and Reasonable Adjustments

Any business needs to approach the issue of disability from the perspective of both their staff and their customers. For a company to be fully inclusive, the importance of both groups need to given equal weight. But for inclusion to work, it is important to stress...

Getting the most out of your EHCP

Your recent conference just was an emotional day for us as the talks we went to, from experiences by parents, shows how important it is to find organisations such as yourselves and not to be frightened to stand up for all children and know where to get the help....

Consultation – High Needs Funding Reform

The Department of Education is seeking views on proposed improvements to the way that high needs funding is distributed, and other ways we can support the administration of funding for pupils and students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, and for...

Disability Equality in School

There is no doubt that many teachers understand how disability equality can be promoted in school. That said, many teachers have told AKO that more could be done to promote understanding and awareness.   To assist in meeting this challenge The Equality and Human...

Think Autism Strategy – Update

Many people will be aware of the “strategy for adults with autism” which contained some “some  rules  for the  NHS and  local  councils” which are articulated in the following easy read document:...

The Freedom of Information Act. Use it!

One piece of legislation AnnaKennedyonline regularly uses is The Freedom of Information Act and the charity encourages sensible use of the statute. The Charity is concerned is concerned that the rights contained in the statute will be trimmed. The Campaign for Freedom...

Governance Handbook

In late November, 2015 the Department of Education published the: Governance handbook for trustees of academies and multiacademy trusts and governors of maintained schools. A copy of this document can be found here:...

Carers of Disabled Children Who are not Parents.

The Children and Families Act 2014 created a new category of carer, the Parent Carer – defined as people with parental responsibility looking after disabled children.  Local authorities are required to assess parent carers on the ‘appearance of need’ i.e. if it...

Competitive Interview Process

Waddingham v NHS Business Services Authority (ET/1804896/2013)   The above is an interesting case involving a gentleman who has a statutory disability who disadvantaged by the competitive interview process that was being gone through by his employer. This is a...

Equality Duty

We are often asked about the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). A typical question would be “My local hospital has done X and this puts me at a disadvantage as a person with autism. I thought they couldn’t just make changes without first considering their impact”....

The Definition of Disability

The Equality Act 2010 provides disabled people protection from discrimination. With some exceptions (which will be addressed in later posts) to be given protection, the person must be able to comply with the definition of disability given in s6(1) the statute: 6(1)A...

 Q&A Children’s Schools and Families Bill

    Anyone involved with supporting a child or young adult needs to be aware of the potential for Children’s Schools and Families Bill to impact on their lives. In this short article we will explore through a series of questions and answers how the Bill...

Frequently Asked Questions

My son/ daughter finds it difficult at school and as they get older these difficulties are becoming more obvious. What could be the cause of this? It could be that your child has special educational needs. I did suggest that to my child’s school. The teaching staff...

Q&A Children’s Schools and Families Bill

  Anyone involved with supporting a child or young adult needs to be aware of the potential for Children’s Schools and Families Bill to impact on their lives. In this short article we will explore through a series of questions and answers how the Bill could...