Year13 Auditory Processing Disorder reasonable adjustment -assistive listening device - who pays?
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Hi, my daughter, diagnosed with dyslexia age 15 has just had a diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) in Year 13 and recommended by consultant to have an assistance listening device and 2 ear pieces (around £1700)/ I contacted Local Education who said not their responsibility as she's over 16 unless she has an EHCP which would take months. I have been advised that it's a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act and she shouldn't need an EHCP as she has a diagnosis. Complicated that she is at an independent school (with a scholarship) and they would look to help but not the full amount as she only has months left at school. She will need it for uni as well so keen to get the LA to do this but unsure of rights as they are very dismissive. Any advice or ideas where I go for advice very much appreciated.. Many thanks
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Meanwhile speak to support groups for her conditions to see if there are grants which can be applied for. Also is either parent in a job which might have a charitable side to a professional membership organisation? And is either parent in a trade union? They will sometimes help.
Another point perhaps worth making: if the school or local authority supply this, who will it belong to? When a sibling needed a portable induction loop system at work, they decided to buy it personally rather than wait for the employer to buy it. That way it was theirs to keep, to use as needed, and to keep on retirement. I realise this may not always be possible but it's an important consideration.
If others face the same issue do escalate within the local authority and I think it is starting to be more recognised. Thank you for advice.