Student Alleges Disability Discrimination but maybe some facts would help….?

A college student is suing her Montana school in federal court arguing that her disabilities prevent her from completing two math courses required to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Hannah Valdez says that Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. should allow her to substitute two other courses for the math classes that are part of the general education requirements for her bachelor of arts degree.

Valdez has Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a math disability, according to her complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

via After Failing Math, Student Alleges Disability Discrimination – Disability Scoop.

So I like to think I know a fair amount about disability, and a lot about maths and the teaching of it. And I (or anyone else) haven’t been given anything like enough information in the Disability Scoop article to come to a conclusion. (“A math disability” could be a little more specific for a start).

It turns out that Fox News (of all places! For UK readers this is the equivilent getting science information from the Daily Mail)   has a much better set of  information (it names the “math disability” as dyscalculia)

Rocky Mountain admitted her even though college officials knew her SAT score for math placed her in the bottom 5 percent of all students, the lawsuit said.

She attempted to pass two math courses before requesting to substitute the classes in April 2012, which the college denied.

The college permits a course waiver or substitution in circumstances such as unavoidable conflicts or course cancellations, and it is common in other colleges and universities, Harris said.


Right then… we can start to have opinions now…



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