From: Debbie Decker <debbie.m.decker**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] lab help for student with prosthetic hand
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:50:05 -0700
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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I'll offer an example of "ADA approved" -
A researcher in comparative genetics hired a new post-doc to do extremely complex data management. The person was a wheelchair user. Without meeting with or talking to her before she arrived, department management (not the PI) spent a bunch of money to install an "ADA accessible" workstation. When she did arrive, her wheelchair didn't fit into the workstation and didn't allow her to get close enough to the work surface to be able to do her work. She had the dimensions for a suitable workstation - nothing fancy or custom made. She knew what she needed and had the information readily available but no one bothered to ask her.
Let that sink in a bit as we continue to talk about diversity and inclusion.
Debbie M. Decker, ACS Fellow
Chemical & Laboratory Safety Manager (ret.)
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