Corby disabled teenager 'rejected by beauty course'
- 10 September 2013
- From the section Northampton
A college is investigating claims that a teenager with cerebral palsy was prevented from starting a beauty therapy course.
Georgie Ready, 18, claims staff at Tresham College, Corby, told her she would be unable to hold a nail varnish pot.
Her mother Lynn said tutors should make adjustments so her daughter could complete the course.
The college said it was "committed to equality and inclusion".
Mrs Ready claims her daughter was initially told her application had been accepted after she attended an open day.
The teenager has been a student at the college's Kettering campus for the past two years, where she was given one-to-one support.
She uses a wheelchair and said her cerebral palsy affects her arms and legs.
Miss Ready went to enrol on the course on 29 August, having filled in the paperwork given to her at the open day.
However, she claims she was told she "might not be able to do the practical side of the beauty, because you have to hold a pot of nail varnish in a certain way and I wouldn't be able to do it".
Mrs Ready said her daughter had been left feeling "humiliated".
"She does her own nails, she does her own make-up - Georgie could do [the course] with some adjustments made to it," she said
Andrea Finkel-Gates, operations director at the college, said: "Tresham was sorry to hear of the incident that happened recently and has already begun to investigate the complaint.
"Once a full investigation has been carried out, Tresham will inform all parties involved with details of the action that will be taken.
"The college is committed to equality and inclusion for all students providing support for learners where required."