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Posted on: July 7, 2018

MISCONCEPTION #6

MISCONCEPTION - When there are several qualified applicants for a job and one has a disability, the ADA requires the employer to hire that person.


FACT - An employer is always free to hire the applicant of its choosing as long as the decision is not based on disability. If two people apply for a data entry position for which both speed and accuracy are required, the employer may hire the person with the higher speed and level of accuracy, because he or she is the most qualified. Someone with a disability must still meet the qualifications of the job they are applying for, whether that is with or without accommodations.


Many people fight against some form of stereotype at some point in life, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that the stereotypes people with disabilities face begin with people's attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation about what it's like to live with a disability. Myths and misconceptions about disability are widespread and are often triggered by fear, lack of understanding, and/or prejudice. Each day until Sunday, July 28th, in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26th, 1990, the City of Brookings and the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will present one common stereotype misrepresenting people with disabilities. It is our hope that through dispelling some of these misunderstandings, more community members will better understand the realities of life with a disability and appreciate the significant contributions people who have disabilities make when given equal opportunity.

Please join the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities on Sunday, July 22nd at Pioneer Park at the Brookings Area Community Band Concert for free SDSU Ice Cream starting at 7:00 pm in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the ADA. We will also be collecting durable, used medical equipment from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the park to redistribute to community members in need of such equipment. Please call (605) 690-0143 or (605) 690-7521 for more information regarding what equipment our committee accepts and the purposes of the Durable Medical Equipment Drive.


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