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PaulFan Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 12:24 PM
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I'm in shock
after reading some of the topics here. I still can't believe that there are still so many people that are so ignorant an dumb. Some people seem to think that we asked for our disabilities.
I'm hearing impaired and visualy handicaped, in other words I can hear about 45% and see about 70%. I was born with these disabilities, so I'm "used" to it. But it just seems that some people just don't know how to deal with it. There are people that are "afraid" of it, and ignore me. There are also people that talk to me like I am a five year old child, that you have to yell at. And then there is my boss. My boss is one of those ignorant dummy's out there. For about 8 years know I work in a sheltered workshop. I work in a green house, doing al kinds of things. When I started working there I didn't have much trouble with my hearing ( I can't work somewhere where there is a lot of loud noises ), but about 4 years ago they decided to 'regroup'. I ended up in the most incompetend department of the green house, it was the loudest dep. of the green house. I told my boss about it. She said that it was just teporary and they where looking for another job for me. I thought, ok, if it's only temporary, I'm fine with it. To cut a long story short, I'm still waiting for that "other job". In the last 4 years they have offered my some jobs, sure. But they were even worse. ( either it was even noisier or I couldn't do it because of my eyes ) And every time I told theme I couldn't take the job, the got angry.( One time, she even told me she didn't believe me and called me a liar.) And every time I had to explain why, and what kind of job would be better, but did they listen? Of course not, that would be to easy. And know, I literlly sick of the past 4 years, I'm having all kinds of medical problems now, because of all the stress. So now, I think my boss has a hearing problem to. I mean, what other reason is there for treating my like this.For calling me a liar. Does she really think I like my disabilities?
But, beside all those dummy's there are some really cool people out there as well. About a yaer ago I started getting the help I need. So that's a good thing. But still.

I'm sorry about my long, sober story. I just had to vent I guess. Thanks for listening, and please share your thoughts and feelings.
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 12:27 PM
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1. Oh man
It is a cruel world :hug:


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Chemisse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 12:30 PM
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2. Is there a way for you to get legal assistance?
As I'm sure you know, there are laws that need to be followed requiring handicapped people in the workplace. If you have medical documentation, there is no reason why any employer would have to "believe" you.

Best of luck.
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PaulFan Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 12:42 PM
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3. I know
You're right, but those same laws are also workin against me. It's complex.
And my boss is doing a lot of things to work around those laws, I even had to go to court once to get them to do the right thing, but still, it didn't get me very much. The law says they have to offer me a job, and they did. The problem is, that I can't get it clear to them, what is a suitable job for me. My boss thinks everyone with a handicap can do the same job, she doesn't look further than that. She seems to think that everybody with a disability is the same. She says I have to be happy that she's offering me a job.
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PaulFan Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 12:43 PM
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4. I did
And it helped me in some ways, but my boss found a way to work around it.
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corpseratemedia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 12:49 PM
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5.  I wonder if "working around it" is another legal issue though...
cuz they shouldn't be, and you've been in an "temporary" situation thats uncomfortable for your disability for 4 years..


:hug: sorry about your disabilities...what i've learned is, unless people have it, a heck of a lot of them won't have a clue..
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PaulFan Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 01:05 PM
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6. Weel, now I'm
at home, sick. But there isn't much that can be done, legaly. I just have to wait untill the doctor clears me for work again, and then wait for another offer.

And you right, people are afraid of what they don't know.
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