Kaplan sued under ADA

A Florida student who is deaf is suing Kaplan Educational Centers for refusing to provide an interpreter for the LSAT preparation course, according to a Sept. 18 article in the Daily Business Review based in South Florida. The student filed the suit in Fort Lauderdale, claiming Kaplan’s refusal violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the article, Kaplan offered the student access to an online LSAT course, which included captions, but the student informed Kaplan that he learns better by taking courses in person. He requested an American Sign Language interpreter and a note-taker to make the course accessible.

“NCRA strongly believes that accommodations made under the Americans with Disabilities Act should meet the needs of the person with the disability, whether that person prefers an American Sign Language interpreter or a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translations) provider or another type of assistance,” says Adam Finkel, NCRA’s Assistant Director of Government Relations.