Your deaf child's rights

Educational courses, work placements and apprenticeships should be made accessible to deaf young people, so there’s no reason for your child to limit their options. But extra support may need to be put in place to make sure their experience is a positive one, and it's important to know what right to support your child has.

Whatever option your deaf child decides is right for them after school, make sure they know their rights and the obligations that employers and education providers have towards them.

  • The Equality Act (2010) applies in England, Wales and Scotland. This means education providers and employers must ensure that disabled people, including deaf people, are not at a significant disadvantage compared to other students and employees.
  • The Disability Discrimination Act in Northern Ireland also means education providers and employers must make reasonable adjustments for anyone with a disability.
  • Reasonable adjustments may include changes to buildings or rooms to improve sound quality, ensuring that lecture notes are available to deaf students before tutorials or making sure that a deaf employee’s role does not require using the phone.
  • In some cases, an education provider or employer may say that what is being of asked of them is not reasonable. They may call into question: if the adjustment would actually work; their financial resources; health and safety; the effect on other students; and the availability of other funding (such as grants or bursaries) which might pay for the adjustment.

For more information, call our Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880.