FOI Request - Reasonable Adjustments
I am writing to request information about the arrangements that pertain in your authority, concerning reasonable adjustments for teachers with disabilities.
By 'reasonable adjustments' I mean the adjustments to the way in which employment is structured, the removal of physical barriers and/or the provision of extra support
for disabled workers, as required by the Equality Act 2010, which you will know contains a duty to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities.
Please treat this as a request being made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Please let me know:
1. What types of reasonable adjustments have been requested by teachers in your local authority in the past 3 years? (e.g. altered hours, equipment, relocation).
2. How many requests for reasonable adjustments by teachers in your authority have been approved? How many requests by teachers for reasonable adjustments have been denied?
3. What reasons have been given for refusal when a teacher's request for disability-related reasonable adjustments has been denied?
4. If you have a policy on reasonable adjustments or if they are included in a general Equal Opportunities policy. I would be most grateful to have sight of any relevant policies.
In response to Q1-Q3, we can confirm that the Moray Council requires input from the Council's Occupational Health Service provider when dealing with requests for reasonable adjustments. Only a small number of requests are received on an annual basis and these are held in individual staff files with no authority record available. We can confirm that we have afforded reasonable adjustments in keeping with the legislative requirement for those teachers with a disability where this has been requested or regarded as beneficial in retaining them in employment. Most requests relate to alternative equipment such as an adapted chair or desk.