Iowa Chiropractic College Must Accommodate Blind Student

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday a leading chiropractic college must make accommodations to allow a blind student to pursue a degree.

The court ruled 5-2 that Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport must readmit Aaron Cannon and allow him to use an assistant to interpret X-rays and other medical images. The college had argued that accommodation wasn't feasible and that vision was a requirement for a degree because reading X-rays is critical for the profession.

Justice Daryl Hecht found that Cannon's accommodation was reasonable, noting that blind students had previously graduated from Palmer. He noted that 20 percent or more of chiropractors do not have the ability to take radiographs in their office.

Dissenting Justice Thomas Waterman said the decision "elevates political correctness over common sense."

Cannon, who was forced to drop out from the college as a result of the policy, sued arguing it was discriminatory. A lower court judge ruled in favor of Palmer, saying that vision is an essential part of chiropractic education.

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