If my school allows me to repeat an exam because I did not receive adequate accommodations for a learning disability, does this set a precedent so that all other students must get the same consideration?

If my school allows me to repeat an exam because I did not receive adequate accommodations for a learning disability, does this set a precedent so that all other students must get the same consideration?

Explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals. Yes, the ADA Amendments cover major life activities that can be limited by learning disabilities (for example, learning and concentrating) and provide protection for you.

Support and Activism
For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living. Also, contact your local adapt organization to learn about activism.

Under the ADA, qualified students with disabilities are dealt with on individual basis. If an appropriate accommodation is for you to retake an exam, that does not set a precedent or mean that the option has to be offered to all other students.

If there are no clear procedures for requesting accommodations, you have grounds to complain to the school administration and to the Office for Civil rights (OCR), if you so choose. If there are clearly stated procedures for requesting services and you followed them, but were not given appropriate support, then you can appeal that decision both internally and externally, again, through the Office for Civil rights (OCR).

If you did not follow the stated procedures, then you are on less solid ground. Even so, if you repeatedly asked for help from your faculty for a learning disability, they should have referred you back to the Disability Services office at your campus to for support and formal accommodations.



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.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Learning Disability?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Learning Disability?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local Center for Independent Living.

Information about how to get a job, contact State Vocational Rehabilitation Program or the Job Accommodation Network.

 


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.

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?

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?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

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.

If I Have a Disability, Can I Be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

If I Have a Disability, Can I Be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. First, it depends on whether you are qualified and on your disability. For example, if you need to take a blood pressure but can’t hear it, you can achieve the same goal using an automated machine. If you need to read an information sheet regarding personal care for a patient but have vision impairment, the sheet could be provided in larger print. The CNA curriculum also requires that students be able to demonstrate lifting and positioning, which could be addressed in this same way. If you have restrictions on your ability to lift, you could be held accountable for verbalizing the knowledge underlying that task and faculty could help you identify other options, such as seeking physical assistance or task-trading with a peer.

Coursework and certification are considered separate entities. You should contact your State Board of Nursing to determine what accommodations are allowed on the certification exam at the completion of your program.

On a practical note, you need to remember that education and employment are covered by different rules. People with disabilities are adept at many things (with or without adaptations and accommodations) that others might not think they could do. That said, think about the daily work of the CNA. It is physically and emotionally demanding, and employers may be unwilling to accommodate such things as inability to lift patients, an integral and substantial part of the CNA role that occurs many times each day.



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.

What Happens if I Am Asked to Sign a Document Stating that I Have No Disabilities?

What Happens if I Am Asked to Sign a Document Stating that I Have No Disabilities?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local Center for Independent Living.

Information about how to get a job, contact State Vocational Rehabilitation Program or the Job Accommodation Network.


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.

What Do I Do if I Feel I Have Been Discriminated Against Because of My Disability?

What Do I Do if I Feel I Have Been Discriminated Against Because of My Disability?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.

For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

Support and Activism
For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.




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.

What Happens if My Request for Accommodation is Denied?

What Happens if My Request for Accommodation is Denied?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.

For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

Support and Activism
For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.




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.

How Can I Find Other Nurses or Nursing Students with Disabilities to Gain Advice and Support?

How Can I Find Other Nurses or Nursing Students with Disabilities to Gain Advice and Support?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local Center for Independent Living.

Many nurses contact NOND for this information. We may be able to put you in touch with a board member who has a similar disability or assist you in finding others with whom you can establish a support system.



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.

How Can I Access Accommodations For My Disability?

How Can I Access Accommodations For My Disability?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. Also, the story of one nursing student’s accommodations in a baccalaureate nursing program may be of interest to you: Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker. In addition, you also need to access your agency or university policies concerning disabilities; this may be found on their website.


You do not have to disclose your disability to anyone but if you seek accommodations, you must disclose to the Disability Services Officer at your agency or university. Documentation from a health care professional about the nature of your disability may be required. If you are a student, you will work with the Disability Services Officer and nursing faculty to determine relevant accommodations to meet your learning needs. During this process, the accommodations selected must not impose undue hardship on the nursing program or compromise its integrity.

You may also want to contact these resources, according to your specific needs:




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.

Can I Be a Nurse if I am Person of Small Stature?

Can I Be a Nurse if I am Person of Small Stature?

Absolutely, you can be a nurse if you are a person of small stature. You can start by exploring our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. You also could contact Little People of America and discuss the situation. They might be able to connect you with a mentor/advocate who can help you navigate your journey.

NOND board members welcome the opportunity to speak with you if you do not find what you need on our website. You also will want to contact these resources, according to your specific needs:




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.