Friday, October 26, 2012

Report: Feds Will Investigate Possible ADA Violation at NIC

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The U.S. government has agreed to launch a probe into an Idaho student's complaint of disability discrimination at North Idaho College.

In September, Citydesk first told you about 58-year-old Anthony Cruz, diagnosed with spinal stenosis, who was denied the use of his service dog when he registered for NIC's fall semester. Cruz said he was told by college officials that his disability benefit documents were too old and he was asked for a new doctor's prescription for the service dog.

But federal law makes it illegal for staff to require medical documentation or training documentation for a service dog.

Cruz ended up withdrawing from NIC and filing a claim with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the civil rights office, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, will investigate his case as a possible violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title 2 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. NIC has also received a letter from the agency, notifying the college of the investigation.

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