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Reasonable adjustments

SMezzSMezz Member Posts: 4 Listener

I write on behalf of my daughter who has ASD, anxiety, depression and selective mutism. 
She attends college twice a week.  The rest of the week is online lessons.  She gets LSA support in class, but no help with online lessons.  We have asked if she can record these due to her slow processing as they sometimes go too fast for her to keep up.  I thought this would be a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act for personal use.  College have responded “As things stand, we cannot record lessons as this is not current college practice and it raises issues under the Data Protection Act.“
Is this correct as I notice other colleges and Uni’s allow this?  Do you know of any case law to support this? 


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,795 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @SMezz

    I can see you have received advice from @melaniethorley now which I hope has helped :)

    Just to share my personal experience - I've recently finished university and it was generally agreed that personal recordings were allowed in cases where students had an identified impairment-related need.  Although some lecturers weren't keen on the idea, to my knowledge it was never refused so I'm sorry you are coming up again this resistance.  

    You could perhaps offer to sign a disclaimer saying that any audio recorded would be solely for personal use and not reproduced, played, or passed on to anyone else.

    Please let us know how you get on.  
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