I'm wondering how I should respond if asked or inquired about disabilities during the nursing admission process? I'm registered with the schools
accessibility office and I have testing accommodations and a loaned tape recorder, which means that my disability could be found out easily via internal resources that the colleges might use, so omitting the fact seems to be a poor option (which I'd like to avoid anyway). I'd imagine the best way would be to contact a certain power to assure that my rights are not violated.
I've not yet applied but am concerned that I might be conveniently passed over if they find out I have learning disabilities. I know this is totally illegal for them to do per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I've heard cases where sometimes people operate within the "gray area" of the spectrum regarding this matter and still discriminate based on disabilities.
I'm just scared that people will not give me a chance despite the fact that I'm more than capable to do the work and despite how hard I've worked to get where I am. I put forth double the effort and study time of my friends to get the A's I've earned. I'm by no means dumb or incompetent. As a child, (before the ADA applied fully to children with ADD), my teachers often criticized and belittled me, both in public and private. So I guess a certain stigma seems to apply to my situation.
What can I do or with whom should I speak to protect myself fully in this event? Are most nursing colleges required to allow a certain number of disabled students in?
Thank you for any support and advice offered, it means more than you know.