Friday, September 6, 2013

Deaf Medical Student Wins Case

We've been following the case of Michael Argenyi--he sued Creighton University for discrimination because the Jesuit university refused to accommodate his learning needs, according to his suit. While Creighton accepted him for medical school, administrators refused his request for interpreters and a transcription system--claiming the services were to expensive. Argenyi has a cochlear implant but also uses cued speech. At Seattle University as an undergraduate he was able to use a transcription service along with a cued speech interpreter. A Nebraska jury agreed with Argenyi this week--but failed to award him any financial damages because the jury decided the decision to not provide the assistance was unintentional. Argenyi now faces paying off loans he took out for equipment and interpreters totally more than $100,000. You can read more on the case from Courthouse news service hereand more background on the case in the New York Times here.