We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This problem is much worse than most people can imagine, not just in terms of students claiming disabilities, but also in the form of all sorts of lawsuits about "accessiblity" that are starting to make it nearly impossible to use the web or the internet at colleges or universities.
Increasingly people are being told that all software must meet certain requirements to be deemed acceptable for use on campus, so some vendors are pursuing some external certification for their products, but not all products are certified or deemed compliant. I've heard of an engineering school being told that they should not be training students in standard industry software because the software isn't compliant. Likewise, any and all web pages need to meet a bunch of different standards to be deemed acceptable, and videos must not just be close-captioned, but there must also be alternatives available for visually-impaired students, and on and on.
I don't like this either, but I have contemplated using my daughter's autism diagnosis to protect her when she goes to college. She occasionally says things she ought not and struggles to understand why she shouldn't. I worry that she is going to be hauled in front of a tribunal for saying things like "Chinese fire drill" or telling a questionable joke.
Many years ago I attended Wright State in Ohio. It is/was the primary college of choice for people with disabilities. Every new employee was required on the first day of their first semester to navigate the campus in a wheel chair as part of their employee training. It gave them an understand of the problems of the disabled and where elevators and tunnels were located. But the campus was built for disabled people. You could walk or use a wheel chair to get anywhere on campus and not ever have to leave a building. This was important with Ohio's miserable winter weather. But Back then (some 40 years ago) all of the disabled were truly disabled. There were people with no arms or no legs. One young lady was about 24" tall with stunted arms and legs. She was taking computer programming but could not reach the card reader to run her programs. She would sit and wait until someone happened by to load it for her. Another student was totally blind. His mother attended classes with him and read the printouts and helped him set up his punched card programs. He would read the cards by feeling the holes and he could punch the cards if someone would get him to the keypunch machine. In my time there I met many disabled who were busting their butt to take the classes and do whatever was necessary to pass. I often wonder what happened to them. Not to offend anyone but it is so different to see people with devastating and obvious physical disabilities and compare them with today's snowflakes.
"Never underestimate some peoples' determination to game any system where they might find some advantage."
I'm recently retired from a career in postgraduate education, and that comment is consistent with my experience. The article mentions accommodations for mental illness, but doesn't mention what I found to be a common reason for special accommodations: alleged learning disabilities. Based on my observations, most of the people who were trying to manipulate the system fell into this category.
And the administrators who grant the accommodations are, to an extent, complicit. They don't want to get sued and, I suspect, the institutions get funding or at least kudos for serving disabled populations. Besides, the administrators aren't the ones who have to teach and evaluate the students, so there are no consequences to them for false positives.
A city manager in Texas attended an ADA workshop in Austin. The moderator, he said, wheeled himself onto the stage and, stopping at the appropriate level microphone, announced, "I am coming to get you."