Saturday, April 27, 2013


People with disabilities are most often taught to comply  with the way those who are able bodied view them, especially professionals.  This can be a subtle form of manipulation that can be disguised as a favor.  An example is when you’re told, “I wouldn’t do this for everyone, but you’re special.”  I have been that “special exception”most of my life until I discovered there were certain obligations expected in return;  e.g. not holding professionals accountable and excusing blatant disregard for unprofessional conduct that jeopardizes the safety of others, disabled and able-bodied alike.                                                                                                                                                                            I have recently been asked  to “help” fix  the newly remodeled ladies room at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State campus which was fully compliant with accessibility standards  before  being remodeled.  Now  it is an accessibility nightmare that holds much possibility for injury and embarrassment for those with disabilities as well as young children.      During the construction, I offered my advice, but was told it wasn’t needed.  Now the management wants me to volunteer my expertise that I have been paid for in three states  and one other country.  I have stated that I require financial compensation for my expertise just like everyone else.  After meeting with Penn State’s ADA Coordinator, who said he agreed, I am waiting for a response.
I’d like to know your opinion.

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