What Should I Do if Have a Disability that May Prevent Me from Becoming a CNA but a Nursing Program Requires that I Earn that Certification Before I Can Enter their Program?
For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers, then meet with the program coordinator and ask questions. For example, do you actually have to be certified as a nursing assistant or do you just have to complete the classroom portion of the course with a passing grade? If there are areas that you can’t physically complete, can you verbally instruct someone else on how to complete the task? You might also ask for a waiver for the CNA portion. Make sure to contact your State Board of Nursing which regulates CNA programs to see how they might work with you to accomplish your goals. Finally, find a strong advocate, someone who can speak well to disability law, and remember that not all nursing programs are restrictive in this way – look around for another program which may be a better fit.
Also, learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.