Student with dyslexia files discrimination complaint against UOttawa

April 26, 2016

Student James Lewicki has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against the University of Ottawa, alleging that he was discriminated against based on his dyslexia. Lewicki says that his condition is so severe that it prevents him from completing his program's French course requirement unless it can be taken in English or with a translator, but adds that the school is “insistent that they will not support any form of accommodation.” A spokesperson from UOttawa stated in an email that the institution “does not see this as an accommodation issue,” and explains that Lewicki was not admitted to the program in question “because he did not meet the essential admission requirements for the program, ” which include an active knowledge of French. CBC