Thursday, September 2, 2010

Students with Disabilities: Implications for Pharmaceutical Education

There's an article in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education titled, "Students with Disabilities: Implications for Pharmaceutical Education." This paper was published in 2001 by Virgil Van Dusen. Here's a brief summary:
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires the provision of “reasonable accommodations” to those qualified individuals with disabilities by providing equal, nondiscriminatory program access in the academic setting which includes professional pharmacy education. This article explores the issues surrounding the disabled student and the corresponding responsibilities of the institution to provide reasonable accommodations. Eligibility for services, including documentation, and the need for the student to self-identify disabilities are discussed. “Reasonable modifications” are reviewed from both a legislative point-of-view and from relevant case law. Also discussed in this article are exceptions for the need to accommodate which includes a direct threat to others and the “undue burden” concept relative to costs associated with accommodation.
To read the complete article, click here (PDF)

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