Disability & Accommodation (March 2019)
This program is eligible for:
- 2 EDI Hours
Two guests, Christina MacDonald (Discipline Paralegal, LSO) and Jason Mitchell (Federal Crown Prosecutor) discuss Disability and Accommodation in the Legal Profession.
Jason Mitchell talks about his own experience with disability. He is blind from birth and have been able to achieve everything through help from friends, colleagues, professors, his guide dog, and various accommodations, such as using iPhone or a computer with a speech program to listen to everything he would need to see.
He wrote his LSAT with an accommodation of double time and an invigilator to ask him questions. He passed the LSAT, applied to law school explaining his situations, and got into the University of Toronto. There they accommodated him by hiring a student for him to help with finding and reading books for him. Later, in early 2000s, they provided him with a private room with a computer with voice technology, where they were sending him books electronically and he could listen to them.
Further, as finding a job is always difficult, he decided to try early and attended job fairs, where he was making connections and giving out cards. Then, when he applied for jobs, employers already knew him and his story, and it made finding a job easier. When he found a job, one of his accommodation was hiring a paralegal meant to be working with him and going to court; they worked together for years.
In courts, Judges helped him out in situations when there is a need to see something, such as in a situation when a witness was pointing at an accused.
Besides that, he brings his dog everywhere for personal support, that he got through school Guide Dogs from the Blind.
- Duration 1:40
- Skill level All levels
- Language English