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Separating Fact from Fiction: Debunking Disability Myths and Addressing Legitimate Concerns

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This webinar, recorded June 10, 2015 focuses on some prevailing myths regarding students with disabilities in health science and medical education programs. It addresses five of the most common myths including concerns about patient safety, requirements and standards, preparation for the real world of work. We will expose these myths as “false notions,” while discussing the legitimate concerns that underlie them. Through this discussion, we will explain how medical school policy, procedure, and disability accommodations can be created that will provide access without diminishing the outcomes for students or patients.


Joan Bisagno, PhD
Stanford University
Joan is the Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) and Schwab Learning Center at Stanford University and is on the steering committee of the Coalition. Joan is a contributing author to Medical Students with Disabilities: Resources to Enhance Accessibility published in 2010 by the Association of American Medical Colleges and a contributing author to, A Guide to 65 Tests for Special Education published by Pearson Education.

Barbara Hammer, MEd
The University of Missouri
Barb is the Director of the Office of Disability Services at the University of Missouri. She is an author on the forthcoming: The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and President for the Missouri chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability.

Neera R. Jain, MS, CRC
University of California, San Francisco; Auckland Disability Law
Neera is the co-developer of this webinar series and co-editor and author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education. Formerly the Director of Student Disability Services at UCSF, she continues to work with UCSF as a consultant on research initiatives and complicated cases. Neera is the co-chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Graduate and Professional School Special Interest Group (GAP SIG), and Policy advisor for the Coalition. She joins us today from Auckland, NZ where she runs the Auckland Disability Law Centre.

Tim Montgomery, MA
Northwestern University
Tim is the Assistant Director of AccessibleNU at Northwestern University – Chicago campus. He is one of the co-founders and current President of the Coalition. Tim was also an author on the upcoming book and is a seasoned health science provider. You’ve heard Tim before, as he was a speaker for the first webinar in this series.

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