OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - A blind student is suing Miami University claiming discrimination based on her disability.
Aleeha Dudley is pursuing a degree in Zoology in hopes of becoming a veterinarian. Dudley enrolled in the fall of 2011.
The lawsuit states that Dudley chose to study at Miami after the University assured her she would be given an equal opportunity as her sighted peers.
According to the suit, the materials that Miami has purchased cannot be converted by Dudley's software so that it can read the material for her. The lawsuit states that the University failed to provide Dudley "timely and adequate access" to Braille textbooks, course documents or trained assistants to allow full participation in class activities.
The lawsuit states that Dudley is behind in her coursework and her grades have suffered due to Miami's failure to provide proper modifications. The suit also states that "Ms. Dudley is emotionally exhausted, depressed and anxious from her battle with Miami for the right to an equal opportunity to learn."
The lawsuit includes two counts that accuse Miami of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
To view the full lawsuit, click here.