Blind student accuses McGill of failing to properly accommodate disabled students

Didier Chelin

A blind McGill University law student is filing a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission accusing the university of systemic discrimination and not making reasonable accommodations for disabled students.

Didier Chelin said his second year in the faculty of law was punctuated by depression and stressful and anxious moments navigating courses and exams with no help from the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD), which is its mandate. It culminated in failing grades in six courses.

Chelin interns at the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) which is helping him file the complaint and described him as a hard worker and exemplary indvidual.

Chelin claims that instead of helping, the OSD put up barriers such as not informing professors so they could prepare and never asking for information about his needs.

Chelin said he was left on his own to deal with issues and pay for services such as transcription himself.

Chelin is calling on McGill to change its ways and do more to put into practice the measures to help disabled students that several other universities already provide.

CJAD 800 is awaiting a response from McGill.