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Students Sue For Extra Time On Medical School Exam
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 21, 2004

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA--Four students with learning disabilities who want to become doctors filed a discrimination suit Monday against the organization that administers the medical schools' admission exam.

The students claim that they should be given more time, as a reasonable accommodation under California disability law, to take the Medical College Admission Test, which is administered through the American Association of Medical Colleges.

"Without accommodations, I really can't show what abilities I have," said plaintiff Brendan Pierce, 28, who has dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.

The proposed class-action suit alleges that the association violated state disability rights law, which defines disability more broadly than the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The four are asking for a temporary injunction that would allow them extra time to take the next scheduled MCAT test on August 14.

Pierce and the other students asked for more time when tested in April. Administrators told them that their disabilities were not severe enough for them to be given the extra time. Pierce chose not to take the exam, while the other three plaintiffs took it but were not able to finish in the time allotted.

Sid Wolinsky, an attorney with the Oakland-based firm Disability Rights Advocates, said that the number of complaints regarding the medical entrance exam have increased sharply over the past six months.


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