Universities are required by law to observe policies and procedures that protect all staff, students and visitors from injuries and illness. Some staff members are concerned that the participation of students with disability, particularly in practical classes, somehow increases the risk of accidents, or places themselves at risk of being sued for negligence.
Participation of people with disability in practical classes does not increase the risk of accidents and in fact their safety record is better than average. While the presence of disability does not in itself pose a safety hazard adjustments sometimes have to be made to safely accommodate the needs of students with disabilities in laboratory or field-work.
It is essential that education and training organisations have adequate plans and processes in place to facilitate safe evacuation of all staff, students and visitors. If people with a disability can get into a building then, given appropriate planning, they will be able to get out again in an emergency. These evacuation procedures must include all people and be practiced regularly.The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires universities to provide an environment free from harrassment.