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Concert Seating #ADA

I had a really disheartening experience while I was sitting in the ADA (Americans with disabilities) section of a concert. I have #PsoriaticArthritis and my friend had just had ACL surgery. A concertgoer who was not in the section harassed a bunch of us and was generally very rude.
I’m looking for some good concert experiences that ya’ll have had to bring some light back.
I’ll go first, my dad and I went to lollapalooza when I was a teenager. Stacked set list, beautiful day and my Dad there to hang with.
What are some of your favorite concerts?

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ADA rights for people with invisible disabilities in healthcare

I’m working on developing a public list of ADA accommodation ideas for invisible disabilities (eg, cognitive impairment, low vision, anxiety, etc.) in healthcare settings.

I would love suggestions on accommodations others have been granted (eg, longer appt times, providing a note-taker or audio recording of appts, etc.)

#ADA #InvisibleDisability #HealthEquity #tbi #migraine #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #Anxiety #PTSD #Depression #DisabilityPrideMonth #Dysautonomia #AutonomicDysfunction #vestibulardisorder

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Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act

Accessibility is a vital - yet too often overlooked - aspect of many lives. Earlier this month, we asked folks how mobility aids and assistive devices impacted them. Today, on the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law, we want to share some quotes that highlight the importance of accessibility for everyone.

#MultipleSclerosis #ADA #Disability #ChronicIllness

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Learning to accept my invisible disabilities and my road to becoming a health equity advocate this Disability Pride Month

I recently have been taking big steps (for me) to accept my chronic illnesses, including applying for disability, publicly identifying as disabled, and starting to speak publicly about my experiences with #medicalgaslighting and #MedicalPtsd that are not uncommon for women with autoimmune and / or neurological conditions.

I have been extremely isolated throughout the pandemic, and have faced a significant amount of retaliation for trying to hold local hospitals accountable to women, BIPOC and other stigmatized #ChronicPain patients. I have learned so much from the online chronic illness communities, and hope to pay the support and advocacy forward to other multiply marginalized women who are also struggling to get the health care and respect they need.

I would love to connect with other #ADA and #OCR health care activists, in particular. I’m sharing the first of my advocacy pieces below - reaching out to advocacy groups who will interview you and help publish your story is a great option for others who are also too shy to write for themselves. I hope to gain that confidence in myself over time, and look forward to building a community of support here at The Mighty!
Manisha Gupta, PhD - INvisible Project

Manisha Gupta, PhD - INvisible Project

From Scientist to Patient: When Health Care Equity Becomes a Personal Struggle
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Today I got fired, exactly 2 weeks after I requested reasonable accommodation for my disability. #MentalHealth #CPTSD #PTSD #Anxiety #ADA

#MentalHealth
I can't prove it. What I do know is this. Right after I filed a request for reasonable accommodation at my work, because I was constantly being bullied and harassed by a co-worker, I started being excluded and treated differently. Today I got fired. They came up with some lame excuse. At the end of the "conversation" the HR person (the same one who I filed for the reasonable accommodation with) said, "now you have time to work on your mental health"!
Those were his words.
At the end of the day, if I file a lawsuit for retaliation he'll deny it. So, I'm screwed either way. This is the world we live in. They make it seem like its ok to have a mental health disability, but at the end of the day, after I advocated for my rights, I got fired.

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The truly great people who protect ADA parking, who protect our access

Meet the volunteers who patrol disability parking in cities across the USA - Many have disabilities themselves! My new article in New Mobility. It was so fun and rewarding to work on!

#disability #MultipleSclerosis #MightyTogether #ChronicIllness #Disabilities #Caregiving #ChronicPain #ADA #disabilityparking #adaparking

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So nervous

#Disability I have a meeting with HR I'm half an hour to discuss allowing me to work from home. I am so nervous I'm shaky. They've denied me in the past and implied my disability wasn't as bad as I claimed, even with medical documentation. Thing is, I no longer have an option because my illness has progressed. Just wanted to get this off my chest before the meeting. Please send good vibes. #ADA

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