Coping with Disabilities: Reasonable Accommodation

Art by Rob Goldstein
Portrait of a Woman with Scars

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a qualified applicant or employee with a disability. The ADA applies to private employers with 15 or more employees and to state and local government employers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the employment provisions of the ADA.

The ADA defines an individual with a disability as a person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, (2) has a record or history of a substantially limiting impairment, or (3) is regarded or perceived by an employer as having a substantially limiting impairment.

An applicant with a disability, like all other applicants, must be able to meet the employer’s requirements for the job, such as education, training, employment experience, skills, or licenses. In addition, an applicant with a disability must be able to perform the “essential functions” of the job the fundamental duties either on her own or with the help of “reasonable accommodation.” However, an employer does not have to provide a reasonable accommodation that will cause “undue hardship,” which is significant difficulty or expense.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Art by Rob Goldstein

People who regularly read my blog notice that I post erratically.

The primary symptom of DID are switches between states of mind
called alternates.

My alternates follow different bloggers.

One alternate is smitten with Twitter.

One alternate doesn’t use the computer at all.

I go through cycles of beating myself up because the other
symptom of DID is that I forget that I have it.

To me, DID feels like nothing.

When I am Rob Goldstein I feel complete and forget that I’m just
another alternate until I go to sleep and wake up a week later.

Art by Rob Goldstein
X’s 12

I know it’s a form of denial which is unfair to me and to
the people with whom I collaborate.

The switching is what makes me a person with a disability.

The switching makes it impossible for me to return to work.

I love to collaborate with other people and those people with
whom I collaborate either do have a contact number or will
get one.

I am asking for accommodation from my readers: if we are working
on a project and you need to contact me call me;

It will bring me back.

If we’re working on a project and it seems I’ve forgotten about it
send a note to remind me.

And one last request: please remember that I am interested in all
your comments and blogs.

No matter how often I go away or for how long I will always come
back and respond to your comments and read your blog.


Rob Goldstein





16 thoughts on “Coping with Disabilities: Reasonable Accommodation

  1. I love your honesty Robert. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts and when you post about living life with alters, it’s a wonderful gift to us all. Whether or not we have alters, they have integrated or if someone is interested in DID in general. Thank You, Alexis

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  2. Noticed your blog due to your post in the wordpress blogatorium (I am the founder of that but have been away for a while)
    I can’t even start to imagine how your life must be switching back and forth between yourselves. This was a very interesting read, the rules in my country (the netherlands) are about the same but often (unfortunately) not followed. If two people are equaly valid for a job it will go to the person without disability 9 out of 10 times.
    following 🙂 thanks for sharing this with us

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    1. Thank you for your comment. One does learn how to cope with it. I’ve recently stepped up my therapy and started an new treatment with the goal of breaking down the memory barriers–the result is an uptick in lost time.


  3. You are brave and have courage. Now I wish that companies and non-profits in the USA would follow the ADA laws however they get around those laws. Companies/Corporations even Non-profits refuse to make adjustments and just go ahead and fire staff who have or who incur disabilities. They can even deny you the right to take sick/personal leave to go see a doctor. This I know personally. They also know that you can’t afford a lawyer to fight back so you just come in sick until you collapse.

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  4. Sounds as though this blog is a vehicle for expression and a way for you to find yourself in the world. I’m so glad to have met you. Warmest wishes.

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  5. In many ways, it’s hard to imagine how you cope. But you, I always just think of you as, well, uniquely you I guess. For me, you are a good person with a thoughtful intelligence and amazing creativity. And you care deeply about others. That’s what matters. 🙂

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