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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Or in this case Articles and Cases and Statutes... I am swimming (or perhaps drowning) in research. And I have found myself going down a few rabbit holes, but good rabbit holes. My research paper is on physical job requirements and accommodations under the ADA. And while we've come a long way since the ADA was passed in 1990, it's sad to think about how far we still have to go. In my research I've come across a lot of articles and cases regarding ADA discrimination on the basis of obesity, that's the latest "trend" in ADA discrimination.

I had the opportunity not too long ago to do a disability simulation through my local Rehabilitation Center and it was an eye opening experience. They had stations set up to simulate disabilities including being wheelchair bound, blind, having MS, and hearing and speech impaired. After the simulations, I had the chance to speak with their staff on how they help employers navigate the accommodation process and find workable solutions so that those with disabilities are able to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Imagine if more resources like this were available to employers!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! © 2022 by Lorrie Coffey is licensed underCC BY 4.0

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