Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Students with Disabilities See Many Medical Schools as Unwelcoming to Them

By |

Many students have a lifelong dream of getting into medical school. But for some students with disabilities, there are obstacles they must overcome even beyond the amount of studying and difficult tests they must pass.

A recent study indicates only a third of all medical schools outright said that they would accept a qualified student who has some sort of disabilities, and others provided “vague” information about which types of students with disabilities they would accept. The researchers behind the study also discovered that even schools that would consider applications from students with disabilities and provide them with the assistance mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that information was not easily found on the school’s website.

Approximately 42 percent of all medical school websites were considered “difficult” in terms of finding information for students with disabilities who were interested in implying, and another 16 percent were ranked as “impossible.” As part of the study, some researchers posed as prospective students and asked for such information, and did not even get a response from 12 schools.

The authors of this study believe these findings to be concerning, especially with the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the ADA coming up shortly. Under the ADA, if schools receive federal funds they must make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations to qualified applicants who have disabilities. Some of these medical school sites, however, contain explicit language that does not comply with ADA standards and essentially tells students they are not welcome.

For students who have already had to overcome tremendous obstacles to even get to the point of being a qualified applicant, this has to be an extremely frustrating issue. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how this study affects the way the government cracks down on institutions that clearly discriminate against students with disabilities.

Is your university compliant with all ADA standards? Learn more about what you must do to meet these standards by speaking with our team at Erie Custom Signs. We look forward to working with you.

Filed Under: ADA Signage

Recent Posts

 

"Erie Custom Signs rocks! The signs they made for me look absolutely fabulous! I’m so grateful for their patience and flexibility during the design phase, and the quick turnaround to get my order here in time for the final inspection. They have been great to work with, and I hope to do so again in the near future." Dawn Gilman, Crystal Lake Engraving
"Erie Custom Signs did an awesome job. Thanks to Mike and the team for such prompt service. They’re now my go-to for ADA signage." Greg Haskell, Hwy 35 Signs
"The Erie team is always expedient in their responses, and they continually meet our extremely tight deadlines. Their work is of the highest quality and their customer service is top notch! We really appreciate having a fabricator like Erie Custom signs. They are always up for a challenge and continually produce our unique sign designs." Beth Geddio
Erie Custom Signs is amazing! My subcontractor received the signs ahead of schedule, which will ensure that they are installed on time. Thank you again for your assistance in this quick turnaround. I will be using your company again in the future! Brian Whitecap, Tusick + Associates Architects, Inc.

Erie Custom Signs is a proud member of...