Iowa court to rule on blind chiropractors dispute

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to decide on Friday whether eyesight can be a requirement to graduate from one of the nation's leading chiropractic schools.

The National Federation of the Blind says blind individuals have been chiropractors for decades, but could be excluded from the profession if the court allows Palmer College's policy to stand.

Davenport-based Palmer argues that students must be able to see x-rays and other medical images on their own — not with the help of assistants who can see.

A blind student who was forced to drop out from the college as a result of the policy has sued, arguing it is discriminatory. A lower court judge has ruled in favor of Palmer, saying that vision is an essential part of chiropractic education.

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