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University of Nanaimo sued for refusing to accommodate student with "visual allergies"

Emily Stuart is a third-year student at the University of Nanaimo who claims she suffers from “visual allergies.” She has recently filed a lawsuit against her school saying they have not done their part to accommodate her specific needs.
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Emily Stuart is a third-year student at the University of Nanaimo who claims she suffers from "visual allergies."  She has recently filed a lawsuit against her school saying they have not done their part to accommodate her specific needs.

"I told them that I get really nauseous if I see someone wearing a red sweater with brown pants," said Stuart. "I asked them to ban people from wearing stuff like that and they did nothing."

Although it is not recognized an official condition by any governing body Emily thinks 'visual allergies' should be treated with same respect as as food, pet or scent allergies:

"For some people eating peanuts can be fatal, for me, seeing a leftover muffin on a bench can also be near fatal."


Listen to this piece to learn more about the lawsuit and other things Emily has visual allergic reactions to.