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Students with Disabilities See Many Medical Schools as Unwelcoming to Them

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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.

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