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Student Files Action Against University Over Missed Accommodations
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 1, 2006

HOUSTON, TEXAS--A former student of the University of Houston filed suit last Thursday against the school for allowing a professor to refuse his requests for reasonable accommodations.

Gary Bradford, 42, who was born without arms and uses a wheelchair, registered last fall to take some courses he needed for a bachelor's degree in music. The school's Academic Accommodations Evaluations Committee and Center for Students with Disabilities recommended Bradford be allowed a note-taker, extra time for taking tests, and to use a computer for essays and essay exams.

After a social sciences teacher refused to allow the accommodations, the head of the department said such decisions were up to individual professors.

"This policy allows professors complete discretion, and that's illegal," said Ernest Saadiq Morris, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project who represents Bradford.

"This case shows a resistance at some universities to viewing discrimination against people with disabilities as what we have accepted as unfair or illegal practice."

The suit against the university was one of 16 disability discrimination cases the project filed across the state last week to coincide with the 16 year anniversary of the signing of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Related:
"Student with no arms sues UH over note-taking" (Houston Chronicle)

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4076866.html
"Who Decides?" (Inside Higher Ed)
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/07/31/houston

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