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vidapuppen  asked:

I just got a new job and I go in Monday to sign all the paperwork. I didn't mention my service dog during the interviews or bring her with me, because I've had experience with potential employers not hiring me because of her. Should I bring her with me on Monday or should I mention her then, what should I do? This is the first time she'll be going to work with me

When it comes to service dogs in the workplace it’s not as easy as just walking in with them the way you would if you were a customer. The Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I, which covers employment accommodations) does not require employers to automatically allow you to bring your SD to work. In order to have your SD accompany you to work you must first ask for reasonable accommodations from your employer. This basically means that you need to let them know that you are disabled and that your SD is needed for your disability to be mitigated so you are able to work efficiently. 

Your employer has the right to request for reasonable documentation that you need accommodations and may ask for you to provide proof of your disability in the form of a doctor’s note, or to provide proof that your dog is trained and that its presence will not disrupt the workplace. 

Employers are required to consider allowing an employee with a disability to use a service animal at work unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or break health code violations. Unless you’re working in dangerous/sterile environments or around food, there aren’t very many good reasons for an employer to reject your request to bring your service dog to work. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, your employer should act promptly to the request for reasonable accommodations and “unnecessary delays” are in violation of the ADA.

Here is more information about requesting for accommodations, and here is more info about service dogs in the workplace for your employer to read if they don’t know what to do when you talk to them. I hope this helps!


To the millions of Muslim, LGBTQ+, women, all People of Color, disabled and immigrant humans living in fear in America right now: I stand with you. I love you. We will endure. “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” Take that to heart. We will continue to grow. Stand up for each other always. Stand up against the hate that is here, and that is to come. We will push back by coming together. We will make it. You are valid. You are strong. You belong here, you belong here, you belong here.

No matter what Trump or his followers try and convince you of, remember that you are:

  • valid
  • loved
  • important
  • valued
  • heard
  • appreciated
  • supported
  • strong
  • alive

if you are a woman, person of color, lgbt+, muslim, hispanic, jewish, mexican, disabled, an immigrant, living in poverty, or any other minority—this is for you. stay strong, stick together and stay alive. a trump presidency is not worth your life. remember that this is only temporary, you are not alone, and that this is not the end.

i hope black kids have a good day today

i hope kids of latin descent and asian descent have a good day today

i hope native american kids have a good day today

i hope gay kids have a good day today

i hope lesbian kids have a good day today

i hope pansexual kids have a good day today

i hope aromantic and asexual kids have a good day today

i hope transgender kids have a good day today

i hope intersex kids have a good day today

i hope mentally disabled kids have a good day today

i hope physically disabled kids have a good day today

i just.

i hope all of you have a really good day today, okay?

Gay? Arm yourself.
Bi? Arm yourself.
Trans? Arm yourself.
Black? Arm yourself.
Hispanic or Latino? Arm yourself.
Asian? Arm yourself?
White? Arm yourself.
Native American? Arm yourself.
A woman? Arm yourself.
A man? Arm yourself.
Disabled? Arm yourself.
Discriminated at all? Arm yourself.

When you have a gun, you don’t get bashed. Protect yourself against hate.

94% of Black women voted for Black, Latinx LGBT+, Jewish, Muslim, Disabled, Asian and Native American rights. Black women also voted for background checks on guns, affordable healthcare and an improved justice system. BLACK WOMEN VOTED FOR A BETTER AND SAFER FUTURE FOR AMERICA'S YOUTH.

Y'all better not disrespect or talk shit about Black women ever again.

No Judgement Here

I will NOT judge you because you are black.

I will NOT judge you because you are a Muslim.

I will NOT judge you because you are LGB or TQ.

I will NOT judge you because you are Syrian.

I will NOT judge you because you are Somalian.

I will NOT judge you because you are part of a First Nation.

I will NOT judge you because you have a uterus.

I will NOT judge you for being a refugee.

I will NOT judge you for physical or mental disability.

Just because I don’t understand your experience 100%, and just because my views may differ from yours, you are a HUMAN. You are a human. You are different from me, and that’s okay.

Be safe, be safe, BE SAFE.

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You sleep for 9 hours but when you wake up it feels like you never slept at all

Ed Roberts, the Disability Rights Movement and the ADA - Google Arts & Culture
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so this is linked to on the google home page today.


The producer of “Hamilton” has been sued by a blind theatergoer who claimed that the blockbuster Broadway musical violates federal law by failing to offer services to help blind and visually impaired people enjoy the show.

In his complaint on Monday, Denver resident Mark Lasser said Hamilton Uptown LLC and Nederlander Organization, which runs the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan where “Hamilton” is performed, could easily provide live audio narratives to help visually impaired people follow stage action between songs.

But Lasser said the theater refuses to offer such narratives, which can be listened to with headphones so other patrons will not be disturbed.

He said this violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in places of public accommodation, and “will continue to deter blind and visually impaired people from attending musicals.”


Lasser seeks to require “Hamilton” to put on at least one show per week with at least 25 headsets designed to accommodate visually impaired people.

He noted that former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Nov. 21 signed a final rule requiring many movie theaters to provide similar accommodations by late 2018 to blind patrons. (here)

“Given the similarities,” the complaint said, “live theaters must also be required to provide live audio description to the blind.”

It is unclear why the lawsuit specifically targets the Broadway production of “Hamilton.” […]

How many of us will lose health insurance if the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is repealed.

I’m curious so I’m going to ask. How many of us will lose health insurance if the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is repealed.

I’ll start by saying I will lose my insurance. I am under my parents insurance until I’m 26 and have multiple pre-existing conditions. Without insurance and medical treatment I will be unable to leave my bed, work, or function. If any more of my organs decide to stop working properly there’s a good chance I will die.

So who else is in this terrifying boat? I want to hear your stories and thoughts.

What I would love: 

Some better artist than me to draw Wonder Woman (bisexual woman immigrant), Hernan Guerra (latino undocumented immigrant), Cassandra Cain (disabled asian-american woman), Batwoman (Jewish lesbian), Ms. Marvel (Muslim pakistani-american woman), and other heroes representing the groups that are currently under attack, standing together against this rising hatred.

Dogs on airplanes

I have taken a number of airplane trips over the past month or so, and I noticed, on each of the flights I took, that there were dogs on board — not in carriers, but sitting on the laps, or in the arms, of their owners. It struck me as odd, and now, thanks to an interesting and informative article by Karen Elliott and Rebecca Lightle in The Washington Post a few weeks ago, I have an idea about what’s going on.

They’re all, apparently, “service dogs” — though from the look of it, they didn’t appear to be performing (or capable of performing) any particular service, nor did their owners appear to be disabled in any way. As Elliott and Lightle explain, the Americans With Disabilities Act requires places of public accommodation such as restaurants and transportation carriers to allow service animals — which can be dogs or, oddly enough, “miniature horses” — that assist people with disabilities.

That seems fair enough (though the “miniature horses” part seems a little peculiar). The problem, though, is in determining whether any particular animal qualifies as a service animal — and in doing so without running afoul of the ADA’s restrictions on the questions concerning disabilities that the ADA also imposes.

To meet the ADA’s definition, a dog must be individually trained to perform specific tasks that directly relate to a person’s disability. For instance, a service dog may be trained to assist with navigation or alert its handler to safety concerns. However, if a dog provides aid only by its natural behavior, then it lacks the individualized training necessary for ADA accommodation. This standard means that the ADA does not apply to many dogs that function as therapy, emotional-support and companion animals.

So how should a business assess whether a customer’s dog is a service animal? Federal regulations instruct that if it is readily apparent that a dog is aiding a person with a disability — for example, by leading a person who is blind — then staff members should simply allow the dog in as a service animal. But if the dog’s function is not apparent, then the ADA permits only two types of inquiries. First: “Is this dog required because of a disability?” And second: “What specific assistive task or tasks has the dog been trained to perform?”

Not surprisingly, many people are gaming the regulations, claiming “service animal” status for Fido just as a way of getting around restrictions on dogs in restaurants, apartment buildings, etc.

And the situation for airplanes is even worse. The federal Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) provides even broader protections for service animals.

Unlike places of public accommodation governed solely by the ADA, commercial airlines must accept ID cards, other documentation, apparel or “credible verbal assurances” as evidence that a service animal is legitimate (although an airline may prohibit “unusual” service animals such as reptiles, rodents or spiders). Further, if a passenger with a disability produces appropriate documentation from a licensed mental health professional, the ACAA requires airlines to accommodate emotional-support animals that would not be protected by the ADA.

Service animals accompanying commercial air travelers must be permitted in any seat space where their passenger-handlers are permitted to sit. But federal regulations also instruct airline staff to assess whether a service animal presents a direct threat to the health and safety of others or a significant threat of disruption to the airline service in the cabin. If a dispute arises with a passenger as to whether the animal should be permitted, staff are to refer the matter to the airline’s mandatory complaint resolution official (CRO). Commercial airlines must provide a written explanation to any passenger whose service animal has not been accommodated under these rules.

So just a “credible verbal assurance” books Fido a trip to San Francisco for the weekend. But he better not be sitting next to me. File under “regulatory overreach.”

Originally Found On: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/01/09/dogs-on-airplanes/

“Our country does best when everyone gets their fair shot” —President Obama on National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In 2010, the President challenged the federal government to hire 100,000 people with disabilities within 5 years. By 2015, we reached that goal, hiring over 109,000 people with disabilities—and leading to the highest percentage of people with disabilities in federal service in the last 35 years.

I see you, I welcome you: All Peoples Standing Together

Because there are probably people who need to see this right now … and yes I’m thinking mostly of the US right now but also anyone in other countries who are also feeling upset and worried right now:

To disabled people, including people with chronic health conditions and people who are neurologically diverse and people with psychiatric labels (whether assigned by professionals or self diagnosed), and also people who may not claim a “disability” identity for themselves but have sometimes been classified that way by other people, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To black people and Latinx people and Arab people and Native Americans and eastern Asian people and south Asian people and southeast Asian people and Caribbean people and people of all racial and ethnic and cultural and linguistic backgrounds, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To women and non-binary people, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To LGBTIQA+ people, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To immigrants from all lands, whether documented or undocumented, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To Muslim people and people of all other religions, and people of no religion at all or unsure what religion they belong to, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To people living in poverty, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

To people living within all kinds of intersections – disabled people of color, LBTIQA+ women and non-binary people, poor disabled LGBTIQA+ Muslims of color, and everyone else, I see you and embrace you and welcome you

And, no, I know just platitudes and positive sentiment isn’t enough to fix what went broken in this election. What we need is to put a stop to the bigotry and hate that drove this election and put Trump in the White House. What we need is to stop allowing bigotry and hate to determine our politics and the direction of our country, so we can make our country a country that is truly for everyone. 

But I think one initial step in that direction is remembering that we all need to support each other and show solidarity for each other. Consider populations whose needs and fears and hurts you don’t know much about, and seek out blogs and organizations by people in relevant communities or find other ways to listen to them and learn from them about how bigotry and hate and marginalization and exclusion impacts them. Learn to identify all the complex ways that both various forms of privilege and the various forms of oppression and marginalization impact you and what freedoms you have and don’t have in your country, in your state, in your town, in your community, in your family because of these identities. Learn how to stand as allies with friends in other communities you don’t belong to in ways that have a genuine, meaningful, and tangible impact on their daily lives. And continue shoring up your own communities as well. And try to remember that we all need to be in this together, so we can start to show Trump supporters what it really means to be a country and a national community, and what it really means to let love always, always win.

And, yes, please do share this. If it helps you, if you hope it might help others, please share this. If you agree with everything in this essay and plan to both give and receive support across all communities and consider ways to help love win our country and the world, then yes please share this.

(Dated 9 November 2016)

The AIDS epidemic serves as an ideal projection for First World political paranoia. Not only is the so-called AIDS virus the quintessential invader from the Third World. It can stand for any mythological menace. In this country, AIDS has so far evoked less pointedly racist reactions than in Europe…where the African origin of the disease is stressed. Here it is as much a reminder of feelings associated with the menace of the Second World as it is an image of being overrun by the Third. Predictably, the public voices in this country most committed to drawing moral lessons from the AIDS epidemic…are those whose main theme is worry about America’s will to maintain its bellicosity, its expenditures on armaments, its firm anti-communist stance, and who find everywhere evidence of the decline of American political and imperial authority. Denunciations of ‘the gay plague’ are part of a much larger complaint, common among antiliberals in the West…, about contemporary permissiveness of all kinds: a now-familiar diatribe against the 'soft’ West, with its hedonism, its vulgar sexy music, its indulgence in drugs, its disabled family life, which have sapped the will to stand up to communism. AIDS is a favorite concern of those who translate their political agenda into questions of group psychology: of national self-esteem and self-confidence. Although these specialists in ugly feelings insist that AIDS is a punishment for deviant sex, what moves them is not just, or even principally, homophobia. Even more important is the utility of AIDS in pursuing one of the main activities of the so-called neo-conservatives, the Kulturhampf against all that is called, for short (and inaccurately), the 1960s. A whole politics of 'the will'—of intolerance, of paranoia, of fear of political weakness—has fastened on this disease.
—  Susan Sontag, Aids and Its Metaphors

Dear Americans, dear everyone,

I started this blog because I saw sexism in films and I wanted to do my part, however small, to try to redress a wrong and shine a light on the thousands of talented women filmmakers across the world who fight every day to create beautiful art in the face of ugliness and oppression.

And while I have always only posted about films I think it would be remiss to not talk about the American election which will have devastating, life-altering consequences for many people. My heart goes out to Muslim-Americans, American-Latinos, undocumented & documented immigrants living in the U.S., LGBTQIA people, Americans of colour and Americans with disabilities and sexual assault survivors. My heart goes out to people across the world who will be negatively impacted by Trump’s regressive policies. My heart goes out to the planet because Trump’s policies will not only do nothing to stop climate change, they will actively exacerbate the problem. 

Thank you to all the people who went out to protest the day after the election. Be angry, be strong, but take breaks and take care of yourselves. This is a marathon, not a sprint. This is the next four years. 

I hear people talking about 2020. 2020 is too late. You need to start mobilizing for the November 6, 2018 midterms. You need to vote every Republican possible out of office in order to hobble Trump’s presidency as much as you can. 

Meanwhile I will be here posting as usual. I felt very gloomy about this during the past few days but I realized that even in such dark circumstances we cannot ask ourselves to be angry and protest 24/7. No one should be complacent but it is important that we take time to laugh and find joy where we can get it, even if it is just in watching a dumb movie that makes us forget our problems for an hour and a half. There is value in that. 

I am so grateful to this community of cinema lovers that continues to build each and every day and has shown so much compassion and kindness and love towards each other.    

I wish us all luck.