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Iowa Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Blind Chiropractic Student

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a leading chiropractic college must make accommodations to allow a blind student to pursue a degree.

The court ruled 5-2 on Friday that Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport must readmit Aaron Cannon and allow him to use an assistant to interpret X-rays and other medical images.

The college had argued that accommodation wasn't feasible, and that vision was a requirement for a degree because reading X-rays is critical for the profession.

But Justice Daryl Hecht found that Cannon's accommodation was reasonable, noting that blind students had previously graduated from Palmer. He noted that 20 percent or more of chiropractors do not have the ability to take radiographs in their office.

Dissenting Justice Thomas Waterman said the decision "elevates political correctness over common sense."

In a statement released to KWQC-TV6, Palmer College of Chiropractic said, "While the decision in this case wasn't in our favor, we would like to point out that several legally blind students have graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic."

The statement goes on to say, "Palmer provides assistance to students with documented disabilities."

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