Archive for the ‘ADA’ Category

The Secret Life of Hidden Disabilities

March 5, 2017

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My book gives a voice to those of us who are living with hidden disabilities, and the discrimination we face whether with, or without the use of a service dog. It seems to have been an unspoken subject. Have you ever gotten out of your car because you parked in a handicap space and you don’t look disabled? Maybe even chased down while someone is yelling at you because they assume you are abusing the handicap space? Have you ever gone to ER to find an ER nurse is hunting you down because you don’t look disabled enough to have a service dog by your side? Some places ask for papers regarding the service dog, and my city doesn’t issue papers. Have you ever gone out to a restaurant only to be harassed by the people sitting near because you don’t look disabled enough to have a service dog. Maybe denied service because they don’t think you are disabled enough to have a service dog. Have patrons ever chased you down in a store because they would like know why you have the dog? Only to be told, “You are not disabled.” This book may open your eyes and hearts for those living with hidden disabilities. My hope is to educate those people around us; so that people living with hidden disabilities don’t have to endure discrimination and can live in peace among-st a sometimes tough world.

By Kimberly Harms Ryan

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Handicap Parking Spaces

June 14, 2016

How come so many people are violating tenant parking spaces and Handicap Parking spaces in HUD buildings?

 

Tonight I witnessed a car receive a parking ticket because the car was parked in a Handicap space illegally. I decided to sit, watch, and wait. I was intrigued to see what the person would do when they arrived to their ticketed car. Well, I see a lady with her family walking to her car she buckles up her kids, and away she goes….I literally followed her by chance because it just so happened she was traveling in my direction.

 

What is the fine for parking illegally in a Handicap space in San Diego California and what is the fine when you drive off and may loose a ticket you don’t see on your window?

 

Chloe’s World

November 21, 2015

Chloe has been making the rounds at Grossmont Post Acute Care. It made my dad happy to have her visit him while rehabilitating from back surgery. Many of the patients and staff went goo-goo-gaga over Chloe!

#servicedogs #smiles

Hidden Disabilities gets it again!

November 17, 2015

How disabled do I have to look to be disabled with the use of a service dog? What happened to me was horrific today. Leaving Costco in La Mesa, my service dog and I were heading to the car. Out of nowhere, I hear this man yelling at me from his car that dogs aren’t allowed in stores. I just ignored him and went on my way then he starts his car and keeps yelling at me and I ignore him again. I get to my car to unload my things and this man pulls his car up next to me and keeps yelling at me about dogs not being in a store. I started yelling, “Help and call 911 please this man is harassing me because I have a service dog!” Two nice men, employees working for Costco started coming over to me. They were stunned themselves. I grabbed my phone as it was in the car and signing in to take pic and call 911 then the man drove off.

 

This is what is called emotional harassed and a violation to my space. Now I am in pain and a bit headachy from the adrenaline that is flowing through my body. It confirms why I need to publish my book on hidden disabilities and discrimination.

Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease

May 26, 2015

Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease (CFID) it isn’t fun, but it is my life. The only way through is acceptance with out internal self pressure. Sometimes my mind competes with what, “I used to be like, or what I used to be able to do.” This is short because typing and cognition is difficult. May we honor our truth and love ourselves in the process. #hiddendisabilities #Chloesworld #servicedogs

 

Discrimination and Denied My Civil Rights!

December 18, 2014

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I am Chloe and I have an important job!

What would you do if you lost your civil rights?

AAAAA Management Company,

To Whom It May Concern:

CC:  Memo of December 2, 2014

Occupants received a notice on our doors Dec 2nd 2014. Included is a section concerning dogs and their acceptable walking areas?  It states we are NOT ALLOWED to walk our dogs or let them urinate or defecate in any areas accessible to the rest of the tenants. We will be written up if they do so. We must leave the building and curb our dogs on the street to obey the notice, even though there are appropriate areas on the grounds for them to relieve themselves.  Of course tenants should be given warnings if they do not pick up after their dogs.

My service dog and I are allowed equal access under Unrah Act, ADA, and Fair Housing. If I am not allowed access, it means that I am being discriminated against under all three rules that protect people with disabilities and the use of a service dog.

  • The closest exit is the lobby door. When I am unable to walk due to multiple disabilities and getting my service dog outside the lobby door is most accessible.
  • When in serious pain or illness, I am in PJ’s and because of this memo; I would be exposed to public view and thus be humiliated. I comply with going out the front of building when I feel healthy and safe.
  • I have lived in HUD housing for 8 years give or take. The letter states that past managers and management did not allow dogs around the property. TTTTT management and all managers have allowed me the enjoyment of the property with my service dog by my side whether for enjoyment or if I needed to get to closest exit for my service dog.
  • After signs, NO PETS had been put up I was still able to enjoy the back sitting area’s on the bench’s, because my service dog is not a pet. No pets are allowed in rec room and, yet I am allowed with my service dog. What is the difference between sitting in the back of building 1 and the rec room?
  • If I couldn’t walk for one day due to my disability, management accommodated me by letting my service dog out quickly in the courtyard so that my service dog could go potty.
  • This means all other tenants can go in back of building 1 and I cannot with my service dog.

I am grateful for where I live and do everything I can to follow rules.

The following:

                                          ADA AND UNRUH ACT

The Unruh Act was made up to protect our civil rights by limiting discrimination due to age, color, sex or being disabled. Access in areas of public places, education, employment, public transportation, housing and much more.  The ADA is defined as The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and gives federal civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.  It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, housing and state and local government services and telecommunications.

FEDERAL LAW

The ADA prohibits discrimination against disable people.

No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of anyplace of public accommodation by any person who own… or operates a place of public accommodation.

(42 U.S.C. 12182 (a).)

aHUD No. 13-060A
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
April 30, 2013

HUD ISSUES NOTICE ON ASSISTANCE ANIMALS AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued a Notice reaffirming that housing providers must provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who require assistance animals.  The “Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs” discusses how the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) intersect regarding the use of service or assistance animals by persons with disabilities.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating based on disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, and familial status. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and state and local government activities.  Both laws contain provisions which address the use of service or assistance animals by people with disabilities.  While the Fair Housing Act covers nearly all types of housing, some types of housing, such as public housing, are covered by both laws.

“The vital importance of assistance animals in reducing barriers, promoting independence, and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities should not be underestimated, particularly in the home,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  “Disability-related complaints, including those that involve assistance animals, are the most common discrimination complaint we receive. This notice will help housing providers better understand and meet their obligation to grant reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities that require assistance animals to fully use and enjoy their housing.”

HUD’s new notice explains housing providers’ obligations under the Fair Housing Act, including the requirement to provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities who require assistance animals.  Pet restrictions cannot be used to deny or limit housing to people with disabilities who require the use of an assistance animal because of their disability.  Housing providers must grant reasonable accommodations in such instances, in accordance with the law.    The guidance also describes the Department of Justice’s revised definition of “service animal” under the ADA, as well as housing providers’ obligations when multiple nondiscrimination laws apply.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires equal access for people with disabilities using trained service dogs in public accommodations and government facilities.  Under the Fair Housing Act, housing providers have a further obligation to accommodate people with disabilities who, because of their disability, require trained service dogs or other types of assistance animals to perform tasks, provide emotional support, or alleviate the effects of their disabilities.

HUD’s and the Department of Justice’s Joint Statement on Reasonable Accommodations provides additional information regarding housing providers’ obligations to provide reasonable accommodations.  The Department of Justice has also published a fact sheet on service animals and the ADA.

Click here to read HUD’s new notice.

Persons who believe they have been denied a reasonable accommodation request may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing, or by downloading HUD’s free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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I look forward to working this matter out.

Thank you,

Chloe’s World

September 26, 2014

Chloe saw some pumpkins and asked if she could have a picture with them, and her mom (me) said yes!

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Chloe’s World

September 26, 2014

Chloe had a great day full of love and smiles. She had a play date with her boyfriend. Then we took our friend Lynn to Walmart.
Chloe is a mascot to many places and today it was Walmart. Chloe saw her favorite Walmart employee Dave. He always makes Chloe feel so special and is full of kindness.

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Chloe saw some pumpkins and asked if she could have a picture with them, and her mom (me) said yes!

Hidden Disabilities

September 22, 2014

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Looking at the glass half full. I got my Pilates workout in and the cool thing about my machine is it has a trampoline I can change out from the Pilates bar. No stress on bladder. You Lie down and jump “It is really cool!” It is a really great workout and none evasive to the joints.

I chose the trampoline because I tried to take a walk today with Chloe, and she wouldn’t let me go. My l-5 and SI disc is starting to hurt and walking was painful. Chloe knew!

If we don’t use it we lose it. As a person living with multiple health conditions it is absolutely important to keep the body and spine as strong as I can. Working out releases endorphin’s, and endorphin’s feel good.

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Chloe’s World

September 20, 2014

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The antibiotics have kicked in and it feels great. Chloe and I helped a dear friend get to her doctor appointment and CVS. Chloe and I waited at the Vons next store. They have a clean patio area to wait and watch people come and go.

While waiting we met Courtney who works for Vons. Courtney was so kind she offered Chloe H2O while we were waiting for our friend to finish up at CVS. ChloeDSCF6323DSCF6322 also had lots to say today in her doggie language.

FYI: We did find out that Vons and Albertsons have been bought out and are merging. As they say more shall be revealed.


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