[nfbwatlk] Research participation request

Mary Ellen gabias at telus.net
Thu Jun 2 16:43:58 CDT 2011


That's one of the difficulties with the ADA.  The language is intended to be
so broad that it can come across as insulting and demeaning sometimes.  So
can some of the "one size fits all" solutions people devise in order to
comply with the law.

To be fair, the definition of the ADA talks about having such limitations or
being perceived as having them.  You don't need to have difficulties, but if
you're a member of a group of people who are presumed to have them, whether
that's the truth or a misconception, you're covered.  They're painting with
a very broad brush.  The good side of all of this is that a blind person is
covered if, for example, he or she is told not to climb stairs.  Blindness
doesn't limit our ability to climb stairs, but the perception that it does
certainly exists.  A blind person kept out of a program on the second floor
of a building without an elevator can complain because he or she is thought
to have a disability which is not true.

So I sometimes think of the ADA as the Lawyer's Full Employment Act.  I'm
truly glad that the NFB insisted on a provision in the law that said we
could refuse unwanted accommodations.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Frederick Driver
Sent: June 2, 2011 12:25 PM
To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Research participation request

Oh! Does it?

You mean the ADA presumes that blindness substantially limits major life
activities including caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, learning,
reading, or working?

If so, that's pretty bad.  The ADA must have been written by some
questionnaire-writing university researchers.


On Thu, 2 Jun 2011, Mike Freeman wrote:

> That language comes directly from the ADA.
>
> Mike Freeman
> sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Jun 2, 2011, at 0:38, Frederick Driver <wt329 at victoria.tc.ca> wrote:
>
> > Thanks.  Well said Dan.
> >
> > Doesn't anyone have a problem with the following words?
> >
> > [quote] a vision-related disability that substantially limits one or 
> > more major life activities including caring for yourself, performing 
> > manual tasks, seeing, learning, reading, or working, [end quote]
> >
> >
> > On Wed, 1 Jun 2011, Frye, Daniel wrote:
> >
> >> Allyson:
> >>
> >> One of the biggest things I cope with as a blind person is the profound
irritation I feel at people who develop ridiculous euphemisms to avoid
saying the word "blind." And while I know that blindness necessarily
includes an entire range of visual acuity, and no doubt this phrasing is an
awkward attempt to recognize that diversity, phrases like vision-related
disability are absurd. I'll complete the survey, because I like to be of
help where I can, but give me strength. Can't I just be comfortably blind?
Smile!
> >>
> >>
> >> Daniel B. Frye, J.D.
> >> Management and Program Specialist
> >> Randolph-Sheppard Programs
> >> U.S. Department of Education
> >> Office of Special Education
> >> and Rehabilitative Services
> >> Rehabilitation Services Administration 550 12th Street, SW, Room 
> >> 5023 Washington, DC  20202-2800
> >> (202) 245-7308 office
> >> (202) 245-7591 fax
> >> (410) 241-7006 mobile
> >> daniel.frye at ed.gov
> >>
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org 
> >> [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Ally Matt
> >> Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 3:43 PM
> >> To: nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
> >> Subject: [nfbwatlk] Research participation request
> >>
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> Dear Listserv member,
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>            I am a doctoral student at Purdue University, and I am
working on my doctoral dissertation project under the direction of my
advisor, Dr.
> >> Heather L. Servaty-Seib (servaty at purdue.edu). My study is focused 
> >> on gathering information from people who have experienced a
vision-related disability and who are between the ages of 18 and 64 years of
age. I hope to gather information about the ways people with vision-related
disabilities cope with their disability and how these methods of coping may
relate to people's ability to perform basic daily activities, sense of
overall satisfaction with their life, and interaction with the broader
community.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>            For the purposes of this study, I am looking for people who
have experienced a vision-related disability. This means that you have a
vision-related disability that substantially limits one or more major life
activities including caring for yourself, performing manual tasks, seeing,
learning, reading, or working, that there is a record of your vision-related
disability, or other people perceive you as having a vision-related
disability.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>            If you would like to participate in this important work,
please click on the link below or paste the link into your web browser to be
taken to the survey. The survey will only take 20-30 minutes of your time,
and you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $25 Audible.com
gift card with 1 in 100 odds.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Survey link
> >>
> >> <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vision-related-disability-survey>
> >> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vision-related-disability-survey
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Thank you for considering participating in this study.
> >>
> >> Allyson Matt
> >>
> >> Doctoral student, Counseling psychology
> >>
> >> Purdue University
> >>
> >> ally.matt0 at gmail.com
> >>
> >>
> >>
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