Sep 212005
 

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from the ADA coordinator in the parent office. Apparently my name got submitted to her because I told work that I would be parking on the lot (rather than in the parking garage 2 blocks away) while I am having difficulty walking. Of course by the time the ADA coordinator got around to me I was over that exacerbation. All she wanted was a very noncommittal letter from the neurologist stating that I may need to use the parking lot in the future – and then I can come and use it without any additional permission. She has the letter now and she made it clear that any difficulties I have to definitely use the parking lot. Finally a work perk! 😉

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Sep 212005
 

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from the ADA coordinator in the parent office. Apparently my name got submitted to her because I told work that I would be parking on the lot (rather than in the parking garage 2 blocks away) while I am having difficulty walking. Of course by the time the ADA coordinator got around to me I was over that exacerbation. All she wanted was a very noncommittal letter from the neurologist stating that I may need to use the parking lot in the future – and then I can come and use it without any additional permission. She has the letter now and she made it clear that any difficulties I have to definitely use the parking lot. Finally a work perk! 😉

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  8 Responses to “ADA Coordinator”

  1. Your company has an ADA coordinator? I am in awe.

  2. That is great!!!I have a handicapped parking pass. But I also do not work..out of the home anyway.There are advantages to being disabled sometimes!!!

  3. They are very ADA friendly, though I would think/hope that most Fortune 500 companies are ADA friendly. Regardless, I’m certainly glad that my employer is very accomodating. In fact the ADA coordinator made it very clear that if there was any other [reasonable] accomodation that needed to be made to let her know immediately and it would be taken care of.

  4. Rock-star parking … one of the many MS perks, eh? I’m enjoying the whole ‘Stub your toe and not feel a thing’ perk … good stuff. 😉 My consulting firm has about 16 people in it and of that, we have 2 neuro cases, one progressively deaf musician and 1 beer drinker who has digestive issues and can no longer drink. Crips-R-Us!

  5. I have on the whole been quite well-treated by my employers. The very large companies I worked for (Lockheed Martin, IBM) had excellent policies already in place. I worked for a small company (now sucked up by some other company) that was absolutely a disaster; the HR director treated my request for an accomodation as an invitation to gather enough information about my medical status to fire me.

    My current company is absolutely wonderful.

    But none of these companies, as far as I know, has an actual role called “ADA Coordinator”.

  6. That’s my title for her job, but her real title of “Compliance/Speciality Programs” isn’t far off.

  7. Erik,

    I worked for a large university and when I had walking issues, I found that my best bet was to produce a hanging “handicapped” tag. Nobody asked why I needed to use one and it ain’t any of their business! When I was okay, I parked “regular.”

    My primary care doc approved the handicapped parking without a question. Was easy as pie!

    It’s just nice to have one as back up, ya know? If I ride in any other car, I can bring my tag with me!

  8. Julia,
    I don’t go the route for the handicapped sign because I don’t need it that often. The work exemption was more than enough and I am happy about that. If/when the day comes I will go and get my handicapped tag. Until then I’ll take a minimalist approach – besides if I had the tag I would be irresponsible and use it everywhere and all the time (even though I don’t need it). 🙁

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