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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Cheating Scandal and Students on the Spectrum

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the growing number of college students on the spectrum. The recent college admissions scandal is a blow to them.

Ryan W. Miller at USA Today:
When Veronica Soliz's son took the SAT, he was granted an hour and a half of extra time for the entire test through a disability accommodation.

Soliz, mother of an autistic child, said she was thankful he got that, not realizing then that they could have asked for more time.
When she read the news Tuesday that children of TV celebrities and wealthy elites had been granted twice the amount of time her son got for disabilities they allegedly fabricated, she was in disbelief.
"To see that somebody just paid for what we've been dealing with his whole life, it was just a gut punch," Soliz said. "It's way too hard for us to get what we need and way too easy for people like Felicity Huffman."
Nadine Finigan-Carr and her son, who has autism, started the process in February of his junior year.

He didn't have an updated plan on record because he attended a private school. The family had to find specialists, sit for the necessary tests and complete the various forms needed to send to the College Board and ACT.
It wasn't until summer that Finigan-Carr's son was approved for the accommodations he needed. By then, he could take the tests only once in the fall, unlike many of his peers who took the tests multiple times to try to improve their scores.
"This was not something that we just got somebody to sign a piece of paper to do," Finigan-Carr said.