[Nfbc-info] Disabled Anchorage teacher wins

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 6 19:29:19 UTC 2010

Hello All!
    I am so excited to receive the following news. if you will remember I 
testify on this teacher behalf we should all write to her and congratulate 

Disabled Anchorage teacher wins $45,000 in rights claim

The Associated Press Published: August 5th, 2010

A disabled teacher who claimed the Anchorage School District fired her 
because students complained about her guide dog has won $45,000.

The Alaska Commission for Human Rights ordered the district to pay back 
wages to Vilma Anderson who uses a dog for help with her impaired vision.

She worked as a substitute for a short time in 2005 but was told she was a 
threat to student health and safety after some complained about allergies 
and fear of her dog.

KTUU reports the district failed to assess Anderson for her true abilities 
as a teacher, according to the ruling. Employees will have to attend a 
training seminar on disability discrimination.

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
mwillows at sbcglobal.net 

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