York University student wins mental health accommodation battle

Posted on May 17th, 2016

Navi Dhanota, a PhD student in the Critical Disabilities Studies program, won a two-year battle with York University regarding academic accommodation for students with mental health disabilities.

The university will no longer require students to disclose their diagnoses. Instead students are now only required to provide an assessment from a licensed doctor who has determined that they have a legitimate mental disability.

Dhanota won this concession from York with help from the Ontario Human Rights Commission and recognizes its value in enabling students to “get accommodations and not define their experiences using psychiatric diagnosis.”

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