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“Reasonable Accommodations”

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This March 25, 2015 Slate article talks about questions raised by the Supreme Court about the number of mentally ill people shot by police as it compares to the number of police shot by mentally ill people and asks if the ADA should be applied more often to mitigate  a less violent approach to dealing with people with mental health issues as opposed to creating a society where the mentally ill are killed on sight.

English: Commemorative plate of mentally ill v...

English: Commemorative plate of mentally ill victims of German crimes in Fort VII in Poznań Polski: Tablica upamiętniająca chore psychicznie ofiary niemieckich zbrodni w Forcie VII w Poznaniu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“When disability and race intersect”

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This December 4, 2014 WICU-WSEE Erie News article talks about an opinion on what sometimes happens when police are arresting someone who is disabled and how the persons race and disability could be targeted for discrimination either intentionally or unintentionally.  The article primarily focuses on things like “fat hatred” and how someone who is obese is potentially treated differently then someone who isn’t by the police.

Disclaimer ….  By posting the link to this article, I am not saying I approve or disapprove of the practices in this article.  I am simply sharing it because I feel that it offers some insight that could be useful.  I would also like to note that by posting this I am NOT saying that all police discriminate against people who are different then themselves, just acknowledgeing that it does seem to happen at times, and that while the only police that seem to be in the media are ones who are somehow corrupt or discriminate against others, I do acknowledge there are also some awesome

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police out there who often go above and beyond the call of duty and will do everything they can to treat people they encounter with dignity and respect.  This is not a one-size-fits-all article.

 

“Mental Health in the Workplace: Ensuring You Are ADA Compliant”

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of ...

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service. A package containing those three and all NPS symbols is available at the Open Icon Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This December 10, 2013 article on the Business2Community website talks about complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the workplace for people with mental disabilities.

 

 

 

“Respect, Not Stigma: A Mental Illness”

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Guest Post Posted on January 7, 2013 by Randye Kaye on the HealthyPlace.com website.   This piece was written by a high school student who explains some of the stigma surrounding mental illness and why it’s there, but also talks about how cancer or heart conditions are often viewed differently then a mental illness.  It’s a great piece, that I felt was well worth linking to.  I hope that more kids and adults start to get the idea that mental illness is an illness just like any other illness our body can be afflicted by.

 

“Berks County group calls for changes on anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: Abilities in Motion asks mayor to improve Reading sidewalks”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 22, 2012 article out of Berks County talks about changes a group of disabled folks are advocating for in their area.  As they pointed out, in the article, ‘they do everything everyone else does, they just do it differently’.   Having access to sidewalks in my opinion is not a bad thing, it is simply asking that they be able to feel safe as they go about their day-to-day activities, just like anyone who is not disabled would want.  Very cool article though, and worth reading if you have an interest in the ADA or want to maybe learn about how it affects people in day-to-day life.

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