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Old 10-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Is Chemo Brain a Disability Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)?

For anyone who is interested, last week I interviewed Joanna Morales, director of the Cancer Legal Resource Center about this topic. Many, many survivors (as many, many of us know) have struggled with cognitive issues after treatment. Some people are left so debilitated in fact that they no longer function at work as they once could. They fear losing their jobs and their livelihoods.

I wanted to know if this type of impairment qualified as a disability under the ADA. If it does, then employees would be entitled to accommodations from their employers. And that could make all the difference between holding onto a job - or not. Joanna gave me some great information. There's too much to post here. If you would like to see the Q & A with Joanna, you'll find it at www.YourBrainAfterChemo.blogspot.com.

I hope you find the information helpful.

All the best,
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:09 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Re: Is Chemo Brain a Disability Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)?

Thanks, Idelle, for providing clearer understanding about the options for addressing this problem in a practical way, instead of the vague and dismissive treatment it has always received in the past.

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Old 10-05-2010, 08:12 AM   #3
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Re: Is Chemo Brain a Disability Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)?

Thanks, AlaskaAngel. I thought this was information that a lot of people didn't know. And sometimes all it takes is asking for reasonable accommodations at work, such as more time to complete a project or asking that any verbal instructions be followed up with an email, or having access to a personal digital assistant like a smart phone where you can keep your calendar and other data, or if you drive as part of your job, asking for a GPS in your car.

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