We are ALL Disabled Now – Vaccination

Public Health in New York City worked!  As a 1B (never thought I’d like being classified so much as a teacher), I’m eligible.

Not only am I flying from my remote workplace; I’m out here because I needed accommodations and it seemed easier to gain better times than to file another Reasonable Accommodation request. 

Don’t get me wrong: HR at the GC has been wonderful. Marvelous.  I left the building with an amazing accommodation that they put in the hands of the new EO.  But rather than requesting another accommodation, why not do it myself? 

Anyway, now that I’m returning — getting the first shot and then another procedure for a disease that women are prone to get — I’m not even anxious about flying.  

How the world has changed with accommodations. Sure, it’s costly in terms of time to order that wheelchair to get me through the airport.  But Fred’s got this down.  And besides, then he doesn’t have to worry.  I love to talk to those in charge of pushing so that they know how much this has changed in the past 15 or so years since Congress and the President forced the airlines to accommodate their passengers.  The last time I went to Paris (2009) with a cast on, I’m embarrassed to say I created another one of my sitdown big-bottom protests — and at JFK it was to no avail.

The airlines finally got it.  What was the time lag?  Legislation even after being enacted needs federal rules.  So I’d give it a 20 year lag, if you’re lucky.  Now that the airlines finally got it, I can travel again.

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This category of posts is for all the blogs I write about PwD or Persons or People with disabilities as reflected in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as the 2008 Amendments and the California law for self-advocacy, particularly in opening up public accommodations to PwD.

COVID has made everyone PwD now.

Indeed, the two words taken are “essential” and “remote.”  Essential is no longer the essential functions of a job or position but the actual category of work in terms of being an essential worker or a worker on the front line serving all of us.

Remote work is a stand in term, a proxy, or a substitute for finding accommodations that are reasonable.  Teaching via Zoom is an accommodation and in the case of higher education, which is different than K-12, students may learn well, especially self-motivated doctoral students, for instance.  Whereas children in pre-school or K-third grade are not going to learn as well and will be harmed by the absence of the social aspects associated with learning to boot.