Sunday, July 29, 2012

ADA Notes

This was written the other day and didn't post due to a problem with Blogspot.  I also just found a bunch of older posts that somehow got filed as "drafts" instead of posting.


C-SPAN (Washington Journal) is currently showing a program about ADA. Tom
Harkin, who sponsored it, has noted that it hasn't done a damn thing to
increase employment among the disabled -- still, 60% of the disabled are
unemployed.

Just because I have the legal right to a job does not mean that I can get
one. Employers are still resistant to hiring the disabled. As happened to
me once, they'll add something to the job description (in that instance,
"must speak Chinese") so that they're turning you down for reasons other
than your disability. Once they added that extra (unnecessary) item, I was no
longer qualified for the job.

There are plenty of jobs that COULD be done from home, but employers are
afraid you'll goof off instead of working, so they won't hire you to work
from home.

In my case, if I have to report to an office rather than working from bed,
I need "work when able", which the court has held is NOT an ADA-mandated
accommodation; someone who needs a flexible schedule can't insist on it.

Someone's just written in with the observation that it's not so easy to get
on Disability. Let's see whether that sinks in with any of these
closed-minded people calling and commenting about the number of fakers. It took
me 11 years, almost to the day, from the day I lost my job until the day I
was approved for SSDI. It's simply not as easy as walking in and saying
"I'm disabled, gimme money."

"It's the one minority group that everyone can join."
        -- Curtis Decker,
            Executive Director,
            National Disability Rights Network
           @NDRNadvocates





Video and/or transcripts should be available later at: http://www.c-span.org/






C-SPAN (Washington Journal) is currently showing a program about ADA. Tom

Harkin, who sponsored it, has noted that it hasn't done a damn thing to

increase employment among the disabled -- still, 60% of the disabled are

unemployed.



Just because I have the legal right to a job does not mean that I can get

one. Employers are still resistant to hiring the disabled. As happened to

me once, they'll add something to the job description (in that instance,

"must speak Chinese") so that they're turning you down for reasons other

than your disability. Once they added that extra (unnecessary) item, I was no

longer qualified for the job.



There are plenty of jobs that COULD be done from home, but employers are

afraid you'll goof off instead of working, so they won't hire you to work

from home.



In my case, if I have to report to an office rather than working from bed,

I need "work when able", which the court has held is NOT an ADA-mandated

accommodation; someone who needs a flexible schedule can't insist on it.



Someone's just written in with the observation that it's not so easy to get

on Disability. Let's see whether that sinks in with any of these

closed-minded people calling and commenting about the number of fakers. It took

me 11 years, almost to the day, from the day I lost my job until the day I

was approved for SSDI. It's simply not as easy as walking in and saying

"I'm disabled, gimme money."



"It's the one minority group that everyone can join."

-- Curtis Decker,

Executive Director,

National Disability Rights Network

@NDRNadvocates





Video and/or transcripts should be available later at: _www.C-SPAN.org_

(http://www.C-SPAN.org)





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