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Professor Alicia Ouellette's work on doctors with disabilities was recently cited twice by the Iowa Supreme Court in its decision on Palmer College of Chiropractic v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission, in which the court ruled five to two that the college had violated a blind student's rights by denying him the use of a sighted reader to describe x-rays, resulting in the student leaving the chiropractic program.
The court cited Professor Ouellette's article "Patients to Peers: Barriers and Opportunities for Doctors with Disabilities," published last year in the Nevada Law Review.
In the article, Professor Ouellette explicates the barriers to medical school admission for people with sensory and motor impairments, and goes on to argue that enrolling people with sensory and motor disabilities in medical schools is necessary not only as a matter of justice to applicants with disabilities, but also as an essential component of a medical system that respects persons with disabilities.
Professor Ouellette is also the associate dean for academic affairs and intellectual life at Albany Law School, as well as a professor of bioethics at the Union Graduate College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Program in Bioethics.
A leading scholar in the field of bioethics, Professor Ouellette recently published the book Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics. She teaches a Bioethics Seminar, Constitutional Law, and Human Reproduction: Legal and Moral Issues.
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Professor Ouellette graduated from Albany Law School in 1994, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review.