Across the country; students are walking out in protest of unsafe in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. People with disabilities often fight for this accommodation, and despite their best efforts, are denied.
For me, the ability to work remotely permanently would be a tremendous asset. This has already proven to be true when it comes to seeing my doctors via telehealth. I enjoy having the independence of not being driven to doctor’s appointments. I have total control over my healthcare with virtual visits. It’s a great feeling to be able to have more autonomy, especially when it comes to healthcare.
When it comes to working remotely, this would allow me to be more independent. I would be able to work in an environment where it would already be accessible to me. I wouldn’t have to worry about broken elevators or inaccessible public bathroom stalls if I worked at home. Nor would I worry about poor weather conditions or not having reliable transportation.
When you have a disability, like I do, you can’t just work any job. I’m never going to be working in construction or on a farm. That is perfectly acceptable to me. However, when you find a job that you can actually do, it would help if you had accommodations to help you do your best.
I hope that this pandemic will serve as a catalyst for more home-based working and studying, as well as real dialogues about how to make businesses and schools more accommodating of everyone, not just disabled individuals.
Meckler, Laura, and Hannah Natanson. “Students, Seeing Lax Coronavirus Protocols, Walk out and Call in Sick to Protest in-Person Classes.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 14 Jan. 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/01/14/students-walkout-covid-safety/.