Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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From the Disability Curious Tumblr blog.

Advocacy Updates

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Andrea Shettle’s Tumblr - November 12, 2013

More calls needed today for ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, (CRPD). Call:

Senator Corker at 202-224-3344
Senator Menendez at 202-224-4744

For complete information on the Disability Treaty, updates, and advocacy tips, visit http://www.disabilitytreaty.org.

As it says in this update, “This is a marathon - not a sprint.”

Crazy Crip Girl - November 12, 2013

A few weeks ago I posted about someone I’ve been following on Tumblr, who left her supermarket job because of her employer’s mishandling and ultimate denial of simple accommodations to deal with an accessibility problem they created. There’s good news to report:
"I’ve since found a new job. I’m currently in my training week. Their registers aren’t accessible, but they allow me to transfer to swivel stool when I’m at the register so it works out very well. I also get discounts, free food (no seriously), and paid lunch breaks.”
Getting a better job so soon isn’t precisely an example of successful advocacy, but it’s really a spectacular example of the fact that proper accessibility and accommodation are often truly a matter of choices, priorities, and attitudes. These two supermarkets probably deal with the same underlying physical conditions, but seemingly have opposite approaches to them. One is all about avoidance and narrow-minded thinking. The other is about common sense and flexibility. It would be great if some publicity could come out of this so the public could see how accessibility and accommodation can and should be done.