Students' Suit Over Medical School Exam Advances
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 16, 2005
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA--Four students with learning disabilities who want to become doctors have won the first round in their class-action lawsuit against the organization that administers the admission exam for medical schools.
The California students claim in their suit filed last July that they should be given more time as a reasonable accommodation under the state's disability law, which defines disability more broadly than the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Association of American Medical Colleges asked the court to reject the suit, arguing that forcing the organization to conform the MCAT to California's standards would be unfair to people seeking testing accommodations in other states and to medical schools that rely on the test being uniform across the country.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw ruled that the case can move forward to trial.
"We'll proceed to trial and prove that they ignore California law and illegally discriminate against students with disabilities," attorney Stephen Tollafield of Disability Rights Advocates told the Associated Press. Tollafield added that he hopes the trial will end soon enough for the ruling to affect next year's exams.
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