LAFALCON wrote:Most of you seem to be very ignorant about what it means to be disabled--the stereotypes here are awful and most of the responses to this post really disgust me. My boyfriend has cerebral palsy and because of this he was allowed extra time on the LSAT and will most likely receive accommodations throughout law school. This has nothing to do with how smart he is or is not; it only has to do with how quickly he is able to actually write because of muscle neuropathy. He went to Stanford for undergrad and scored very well on the LSAT and will most likely be going to a great law school. And he deserves it.
In regards to the LSAT accommodations, they took time and effort to get. Even though his disability is well documented and unchanging, he still had to be evaluated by his doctor's, provide letters from them, etc. In addition, many people who would be approved for accommodations fail to seek them about because of stigma attached to them.
As far as employment goes, it is much more difficult for disabled individuals to find employment, even when they are well qualified and capable. A lot of this has to do with stereotypes.
Here is some info about employment for people with disabilities: "Persons with a disability who had completed higher levels of education were more likely to be employed in 2010 than those with less education. However, at each level of education, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than were their counterparts with no disability. (Because many people age 16 to 24 are still completing their education, data on educational attainment are shown for those age 25 and over.) (See table 1.)"
Also, the biggest obstacles faced by the disabled are not physical, but others’ attitudes and misconceptions shaped by stereotypes. Unfortunately, these barriers are often reflected in the classroom and the workplace... and here, sadly.
The ADA is not very effective in terms of providing employment accommodations and has been recently amended, but there is still a lot of work to be done and progress to be made in terms of disability rights.
I get what you are saying, I really do, but advanced careers such as being a practicing attorney are competitive occupations. A person in a wheel chair cannot play in the NFL, a person with a low IQ cannot be an astrophysicist, and a person who cannot complete the same assignment in the same amount of time as his peers cannot be expected to perform at their level come real-world.
I am not saying people with disabilities like ADHD, Cerebral Palsey, Aspergers, or Autism are not capable as being just as intelligent and hard working as any person without that disability. I am saying if they are not treated the same; they cannot be expected to perform the same.
I am sorry for being blunt/rude, but why on Earth would a top firm hire a person like your boyfriend? They can easily find somebody just as smart and hardworking, but this other person they can fire for not getting their work done in time without getting an ADA lawsuit on their hands. This other person would be a normal first year who they could heap tons of busy work on and could still be reasonably expected to finish it by the deadline. By hiring your boyfriend they will have one less person on their payroll that can do what the same person on their competitor’s payroll can do.
If you can’t work as fast as your competition, then the only solution is that you have to work harder and be smarter than them to the extent that you would make a better employee than they would. Is this unfair? Hell yes. Is it wrong? Yes it is. However, this is simply the way the world works.