November 23, 2020 6 minutes to read ∙ 1300 words

Technological Accommodations for Disabled Lawyers

By Marissa Ditkowsky

When I began law school, I was new to the world of accommodations. As someone with a progressive neuromuscular disease called myotonic dystrophy type 2, I did not require accommodations or experience any severe symptoms until I was in my later years of college.

I had always had unexplained symptoms, such as joint and other pain, muscle spasms, and tingling, but after a gallbladder surgery when I was 19, I experienced increasing weakness, particularly after exertion; pain all over my body; headaches; and so much more. During law school, I received accommodations such as the ability to dictate my exams; recording classes as necessary; and digital copies of books, since I was physically unable to carry the heavy law school books required for my courses. I learned to navigate and use technology that would help me practice as a lawyer with a disability.

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