Target: Rowan K. Zetterman, Dean of Creighton School of Medicine
Goal: Demand an interpreter for medical student Michael Argenyi, who is being denied adequate accommodations
Michael Argenyi, a 26 year old deaf medical student, is being denied the accommodations he needs to fully comprehend his education. Although he has requested a cued speech interpreter many times, the Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska is denying him access to one. The school’s refusal to allow the interpreter has caused him to take a leave of absence, suspending his education in the medical field for the time being. This is an egregious affront to the deaf community.
While the university claims that it has provided Michael with the tools necessary to succeed in his education, Mr. Argenyi has repeatedly expressed that he has trouble understanding communication outside of the classroom during clinical training, when he is largely interacting with patients. Even though he has explicitly expressed these frustrations, the school asserts that he communicates perfectly well without an interpreter. Because the university would not support Michael’s needs, he was forced to hire his own interpreter for two years of medical school, which cost him $100,000.
Michael Argenyi wants a fair chance to learn how to be a doctor, yet the Creighton University School of Medicine is denying him that chance. The university should be giving Michael the same opportunity as its other students with the accommodations necessary, but is instead refusing. Demand equality for Michael Argenyi by signing the petition below for the Creighton University School of Medicine to provide him with a cued speech interpreter.
Dear Mr. Zetterman,
As Dean of the Creighton University School of Medicine, you are in a significant leadership role. It is your responsibility to ensure equality and fairness is applied to your entire student body. Yet, Michael Aregenyi is experiencing a lesser education than his peers because your board is denying him the accommodations necessary for him to succeed at your school.
Repeatedly, Mr. Argenyi has expressed difficulty comprehending during clinical training. Despite his frustrations, the school still refuses to provide him with the interpreter he has requested. Without this accommodation, Michael cannot have the same opportunity as his peers. He should not be punished because he is deaf. I implore your faculty to reconsider Michael’s request and allow him access to a cued speech interpreter.
[Your Name Here]
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