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C-PALSY  July 2002

C-PALSY July 2002

Subject:

Re: Ouch....!

From:

"Cleveland, Kyle E." <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

St. John's University Cerebral Palsy List

Date:

Thu, 11 Jul 2002 10:44:17 -0400

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I think the whole turdball has been put to rest.  Hope so!

-----Original Message-----
From: Barber, Kenneth L. [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 10:43 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ouch....!


i am without words. and for me that is really rare.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cleveland, Kyle E. [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 10:32 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ouch....!


Me too!  My elevator fall ain't helping things either.

BTW, remember the guy who was doing the "ADA abuse" thing here at work?
Well, you're not gonna believe what happened yesterday!  Seems this guy was
going to my management on my behalf (I had no idea) and telling them that I
needed all sorts of stuff for "reasonable accommodation" (palm pilot,
ergonomic chair, VR software).  My boss starts having a fit because this guy
says he's representing me as an advocate.  My boss asks him, "Why does't
Kyle see me himself if he needs this stuff?"  The guy said, "Kyle doesn't
want to 'make waves', so I'm doing this on his behalf."  Then he throws down
this paper that he typed up, with "excerpts" from the ADA stating that, "A
family member, friend, health professional or other representative may
request a reasonable accommodation on behalf of an individual with a
disability.  Of course, the individual with a disability may refuse to
accept an accommodation that is not needed."

So, I got dragged into a meeting with my boss and an HR person because the
boss thinks he is going to have to comply with anyone's accommodation on my
behalf.  Worse yet, he thinks that he will have to buy all the stuff first
and then let me turn it down!  What a mess!  I sent my boss the following,
time-stamped email:

"I want to go on record (this email with timestamp should suffice) to say
that I will speak for myself directly to you or Dana regarding ANY issues
involving my employment.  This is to include ADA, job duties, job title or
any other matter which concerns me individually.  I DO NOT wish to have
anyone speak on my behalf regarding any personal matters between myself and
Franklin County.

I will print this and keep it in my own records.

Thanks.

Kyle Cleveland"

I then sat this guy down and told him, "Look.  I'm a big boy and can handle
my disability.  I appreciate that you have my interest at heart, but I might
REALLY have to use the ADA sometime and I don't want my name, ADA and
irritation to all be linked in the boss' mind.  Cool?"

He was visibly upset that he'd caused so much grief, so maybe he'll drop the
issue.  Geez, with friends like that, who needs enemies, eh?

-Kyle

-----Original Message-----
From: Barber, Kenneth L. [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 9:46 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ouch....!


here, too. and i sure am sore.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kathy Salkin [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 9:43 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Ouch....!


Well, it's raining today...but my joints hurt. Ouch!  Still, I really can't
complain as we need it so badly.

Kat

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