University of Nanaimo sued after refusing to accommodate student with 'visual allergies'

Ms. Stuart wants her university to create 'visual allergy friendly spaces,' like they would for any other allergy sufferer. (Gruntzooki/FLICKR)

Ms. Stuart wants her university to create 'visual allergy friendly spaces,' like they would for any other allergy sufferer. (Gruntzooki/FLICKR)

Emily Stuart is a third-year student at the University of Nanaimo who claims she suffers from "visual allergies." She is currently in a legal battle with her school because of their failure to provide visual allergy friendly "zones" like they do for people who suffer from food or scent allergies. According to Ms. Stuart and her legal team, these spaces would prohibited the presence of patterns, tall people, the colour mauve, and other sights that cause her to have  allergic reactions.

Peter Oldring spent the day with Emily learning more about her condition.

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