Reasonably disabled

Virginia Postrel argues that “reasonable accommodations” for learning disabilities can be unreasonable when it comes to professional school admissions. In a Forbes column (use “dynamist” for the sign on and password), she writes:

How much you know isn’t the only thing that matters in school — especially when you’re training for a demanding professional job. What patient wants a genius doctor who can’t focus in a distracting environment, reads so slowly that she can’t keep up with medical journals or tends to misspell drug names on prescriptions?

She also links to a NYT Magazine feature on adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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  1. Bluemount says:

    I think one of the most amazing changes in the influence of special eduction is the impact they have on distroying the careers of briliant people. We’ve had our share of people who are not neat, not calm, and a little lopsided in their skill. There was more space for diverse people when it was considered a disease that someone needed to fix. The question was were they effective, reliable and correct. Once we got past those issues it didn’t matter if they had quirks, but whether they were able to find a useful place.

    I would rather my doctors be good at their jobs. I would like to see their credentials and believe those credentials meant something. Did anyone ever look at their doctor’s handwriting, or become offended with a doctor who had poor beside manners. The real issue is labeling capable people reduces the opportunity for people with the lable.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Seeing eye dogs for blind pilots?

  3. Richard Brandshaft says:

    Messy Desk. Sloppy dresser. Has difficulty concentrating of boring stuff. Now I know what’s been wrong with me all my life.

    Well, actually, I always knew. Meditating on the label isn’t going to make my desk any neater.