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Disability Law 101: What Faculty Need to Know About Student Accommodations

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This webinar, recorded May 14, 2015, provides a practical overview of the disability laws that apply to medical schools, with particular attention to the role of faculty in the accommodation process, how disability laws affect technical standards, and balancing disability accommodations with patient safety concerns. Relevant OCR decisions and court cases are discussed.


Jon McGough, MEd (c)
The University of Washington
Jon is the Assistant Director of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Washington where his responsibilities include approving and coordinating accommodations for all students in professional health science programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy).

Jon presents at state and national conferences on topics ranging from accessible technologies to disability accommodations in the clinical environment. Previously, Jon worked in various disability roles at both public and private higher-education institutions, and is a former executive board member of the Washington Association on Post-Secondary Education and Disability. Jon is co-author of two chapters in the forthcoming book: The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and is a member of the Coalition for Disability Access in Graduate Health Science and Medical Education (Springer Publishing).

Elisa Laird-Metke, JD
University of California, San Francisco
Elisa is the Associate Director of Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is the primary service provider for students with disabilities in the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Physical Therapy joint UCSF/SFSU program. Elisa’s extensive background in law, disability, and public health provide her with a unique perspective on the future of disability in the health sciences. She worked first as a sign language interpreter and Deaf Services Coordinator, and later as a disability rights attorney and public health policy attorney, before subsequently returning to university disability resources.

Elisa is a seasoned presenter and co-author of several publications on disability and public health. She most recently served as the legal editor, as well as primary author of three chapters in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing) and is the Legal advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.

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