Accommodating Medical School Faculty with Disabilities
More than ten years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated that all employers provide “reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities. This mandate applies to medical schools, but no systematic information is available to assess the accommodations provided to medical school faculty with disabilities. This Issue Brief summarizes anecdotal evidence from several medical schools about the experiences of faculty with disabilities, and the barriers they face in establishing and maintaining their careers. It also recommends practical steps medical schools can take to provide a welcoming and accessible academic medical environment.