Opportunity is defined as a situation that makes it possible to do something you want to do. For Henrietta “Etta” Fielek ’70, G’77, the opportunity to attend her dream school—Syracuse University—was made possible by scholarship support and financial aid. Now,…
‘Students With Disabilities Could Sue Their Schools to Require Masks’
Doron Dorfman, associate professor in the College of Law, co-wrote commentary for The Washington Post titled “Students with disabilities could sue their schools to require masks.”
Professor Dorfman studies the intersections of health, law and social science to understand perceptions around public health. His scholarship explores how stigma informs the legal treatment of disempowered communities. The Americans With Disabilities Act requires schools to make reasonable accommodations for immunocompromised students and teachers.
Professor Dorfman and his co-author show how even though a disability accommodation is a remedy which is individualistic in nature, it could be used to protect immunocompromised employees and students during a public health crisis. They write, “protecting students and teachers who have disabilities would not fully resolve the conflicts over mask mandates, but it would be an important step forward. Doing so would also reflect the ideals of the ADA, helping to create a fully inclusive society that protects its most vulnerable.”
To read the essay in its entirety, visit The Washington Post.
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