Legality of rationing healthcare to people with disabilities in a pandemic, disability rights, Americans With Disabilities Act
Wendy Hensel, professor of law and provost, is a scholar of disability law, policy and ethics. Following the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic a decade ago, she studied protocols that public health and medical organizations assembled about allocating scarce medical resources and the troubling civil rights issues they raised for people with disabilities. Hensel and her colleagues found problematic ethical and legal issues with those protocols because several excluded some people with disabilities from receiving care even when their disabilities would not affect the success of medical interventions. She has also written about students with disabilities and educational rights, and other civil rights issues for people with disabilities.