[ Tuesday, July 20, 2004 ]
An interesting ADA-run-amok story:
Some college graduates with learning disabilities have sued the Association of American Medical Colleges for discrimination, saying that they should be granted additional time to take the med school entrance exam, the MCAT. The suit, which seeks class action status, was filed in California because that state has a broader definition of "disability" than the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiffs, some of whom have ADD and dyslexia, were turned down in their request for extra time to take the MCAT so they sued, saying their learning disabilities are a disability that can be accomodated by allowing extra test-taking time.
Sorry, but there are many, many occasions when time is of the essence in the practice of medicine. Not to denigrate folks with learning disabilities (I have a daughter with one), but this is political correctness taken in a dangerous direction.
Jeff [9:02 AM]
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