Associated Press Speaks to Arlene Kanter About Unusual ADA Case

Posted on Monday 1/8/2018
Arlene Kanter

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program Arlene S. Kanter spoke with the Associated Press on Jan. 7, 2018, about the story of a Maine teenager with autism and a rare neurological syndrome that affects his ability to speak whose parents want him to carry a recording device to school "to ensure he’s being treated properly when they aren’t watching."

This case will be heard in the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. "It pits the student’s parents against his southern Maine school district, which says the recording device would infringe on other students’ privacy rights."

Kanter told the AP she believes the family has a strong case:

"The Americans with Disabilities Act requires schools make accommodations unless doing so would pose an undue burden or fundamentally alter their program. The family here is not asking, for example, the school to spend extra money or move him to another class, Kanter said.

'From what I’ve seen, there wasn’t any showing that it was an undue burden,' Kanter said" ...

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