This is a good story. We all know that showing up ‘anywhere’ is much more difficult for us that for able bodied people. Additionally, showing up ‘on time’ is more difficult for us than for able bodied people. The man in the story works a job, but is paralyzed. I’ll paste the part of his plea for a phone-into-work accommodation that brought tears to my eyes. The story is about a lawmaker in the US, but I beg that this particular thread that I am starting not become a discussion of politics.
“Anderson, 32, was paralyzed from the waist down after a drunken driver slammed into his car in 2010, killing his parents and brother.
Anderson said that Vos "really misunderstands what it means to be a disabled person." Anderson said he is reliant on a home health assistant and if she is unable to assist him at the time needed, it could result in him not being able to make it to the Capitol in time for a meeting.
"I have to organize my life and get help from other people to live my life," said Anderson, who was elected to the Assembly in 2016 and re-elected in 2018. And while he can't always physically make it to the Capitol for a meeting, he always has his phone with him and could dial in, Anderson said.”
Before I post this I am not going to engage in a left vs right debate, but I will say I sit on the left side.
I understand both sides of this problem, though I do have to point out being a politician is quite a formidable job, if you can't keep up for ANY reason I really do feel you should step aside if you are unable to meet requirements like getting to meetings.
In Australia we have a member of the Senate that represents the Greens in a wheelchair; Jordon Steele he has been there now two years, he initially faced his share of problems adjusting to the position.
Here’s more of that article. “Rules in other statehouses across the country vary, with many states having a similar in-person requirement as the Wisconsin Assembly. But there are exceptions, including in Alaska, the largest state by square miles, where lawmakers can phone into committee meetings for any reason. New Hampshire makes exceptions on a case-by-case basis for committee meetings.
The letter from Vos came after an outcry from advocates for the disabled, Democrats, editorial boards and on social media.
"Everyone should be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect," Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement Thursday prior to Vos sending the letter. "That's a pretty simple concept, and those are our Wisconsin values. Rep. Anderson was duly elected by the people he represents, and Vos' refusal to make the necessary accommodations for Rep. Anderson to participate is not just a disservice to him, but to our values, the democratic process, and the people of our state."” news.yahoo.com/wisconsin-assembly-speaker-denies-paralyzed-190036322.html