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<HTML>I don't think it has to do with us being aftraid? It has to do with the fact that we know that the majority of people are ignorant to various diagnosises. Most people have preconceived ideas about individuals with learning disabilities. Many of us do not want to be treated differently. We already feel different from everyone else and we don't need to add to our problems. Discrimination occurs and will continue to occur. I think the majority of us do not feel ashamed. We just don't feel like shouting to world our problems.</HTML>
In one of the editions of "What Color is Your Parachute?" (must be post-1994, as I read it in grad school), Bolles had a chapter on employment and disabilities. While it is true that the ADA requires most employers to make reasonable accommodations (very small businesses are one exception), the author points out that it's sometimes useful to express the accommodations as "I find I do my best work when ..." and show how the accommodation is going to benefit the employer.
Don't get me wrong: Whether or not the employer is convinced, there's a legal obligation. However, the path can be made smoother by appealing to the higher logic involved.
Another book I found helpful, in the case of ADHD, was _Adult ADHD_ by Novotni and ____ (never can remember the name[s] of the other author[s]). They talk about the difference between ADHD as legitimate issue and ADHD as excuse -- we do have to recognize that a minority does turn a disability into an all-encompassing excuse for why they can't do anything inconvenient or difficult. There are good ideas in the book for logical accommodations to request and how to distinguish reasonable from unreasonable accommodations.
This may anger most of you but it is just an observation and it is undeniable fact.
For many years Blacks recieved accomodations in the form of affirmative action. I used to think that was unfair. I reasoned that those of us with LD are as deserving if not more deserving than some minority group for accomodation but the fact is we rarely get accomdations.
I did some research on race and intelligence. I read many studies and I found something startling. Asians IQs average 106, Caucasians average 100, African Americans average 85 and Black Africans average 68. Now I see the needs for Affirmative action and from a real world point of view I see how Blacks are are handicapped intellectually to cope in western society.
The politically correct response is "They are disadvantaged by racism" Unfortuanately the truth is much bleaker. Blacks have smaller brains and less cortical neurons than Whites or Asians.
I figure that if they can give bowlers and golfers handicaps why not do it for people?