[Athen] print disability

Lissner, Scott Lissner.2 at osu.edu
Thu May 10 18:52:01 PDT 2012


Based on the information you provided I think Ron nailed it. If I were
working with the student I would likely want to flesh out my
understanding by asking them about their past experience with Alt.
Media. What formats/technology were they using; for what kinds of
materials, what aspects (content, format, ...) worked best and worst;

Next week (after noon edt on Monday) AHEAD will be releasing its take on
what you need to validate disability and accommodation requests; pull
that to share with the folks questioning your approach.

L. Scott Lissner, Ohio State University ADA Coordinator, Office Of
Diversity And Inclusion
Associate, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law &
Disability Studies

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I would also have most likely determined the student to be qualified.
It is not uncommon for the side effects of these meds to cause issues
with reading ability. It is just not the impact of the disability that
needs to be considered but the impact of the mitigation of the
disability as well.

Under the provisions of the ADAAA it would appear that she qualifies
based on prior history as well and the recommendation of competent
medical authority.

This is an example that I quite often use in my trainings, one of the
side effect of Bi-Polar medications is the text tends to swim around the
traditional page. I worked with one student that actually became

when they tried to use standard print while taking their meds.

Ron Stewart

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Hello. A student with severe bipolar disorder and severe ADD is
requesting alt format accommodations, which were provided by her
previous institution.

She reports severe and long-standing struggles with reading. The
doctor's report also mentions struggles with reading and lists alt
format as a suggested accommodation. The student presents as someone who
is heavily medicated, sluggish, and confused. When she met with me, she
was experiencing intrusive side effects of her medications and they were
in the process of being adjusted. Based on the combination of
disabilities, the medication issues, the doctor's report, the student's
report, and the history of alt format accommodations, I gave her alt
format of textbooks and other required materials to determine whether
that would approach the equally effective communication via printed
materials as defined by the OCR.

My decision is being questioned on the premise that her bipolar disorder
and ADD constitute only an emotional behavioral disability that does not
qualify for alt format accommodations. I've passed along the AIM
Commission's definitions. Any thoughts?



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