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Learning difficulties and Disabilities This paper will examine how a child with a disability or with special needs is affected in life This paper will take the form of a case study about a child who has Down syndrome A definition of Disability is a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a persons ability to carry out normal day to day activities Disability Discrimination act 1995 Special needs as defined by the law is that a child has special educational needs if he or she has a greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age or has a disability which makes it difficult for the child to use the same facilities as other children The case study will be particularly focused her experiences within the education system and what help she receives within her school The assignment will show what legislation is relevant to the child including the Children Act 1989 and the Education Act 1993 Childrens rights will be examined and shown whether The new term of special educational needs was established by legislation in 1981 both in England Wales and in Scotland A child is considered to have special needs if she or he has a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision Chasty and Friel 1993 Down syndrome is one of the most common congenital syndromes It is the most common chromosomal disorder Down syndrome is the most frequently recognised cause of intellectual disability Out of every seven hundred live births in the United Kingdom one child will have Down syndrome When talking about a child who has Down syndrome it is important to remember that the most important factor is the child and not the disability A child should be described as a child with Down syndrome rather than a Down syndrome child The fact that the child has Down syndrome is of
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