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Schools: Disability Aids

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many text books are available in electronic form to enable schools to convert them to Braille; and what plans he has to make more text books available to schools in electronic form; (132924)

(2) what plans he has to make sheet music printed in Braille available in schools.

Part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 requires schools and local authorities to plan to improve access to the curriculum and written materials for disabled pupils over time. This includes all National Curriculum taught subjects, such as music.

With regard to the availability of text books and materials in electronic format for schools, I refer the hon. Lady to the reply I gave on 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 721W, to my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown).