New twist on ADA coverage--how does it apply to parents of PA kiddos?

Posted on: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 12:55pm
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I'm working FT--an hour away from DS' school and our house. DH' office is 20 minutes away and his job is way more flexible. I started in June and don't get to take vacation days for until six months in. But I have some flexibility--I'm a salaried person who puts in more than 40 hours, etc.

This is the first year I won't be at a teacher conference with regard to PA, and it's driving me crazy. DS starts to school Wednesday, and basic things are in place from last year, but there are new things that came up (like switching classes and the other kid having had PB). The teacher's confernce time is early afternoon--not a convenient time for me to meet. DH can handle this. He's fantastic. But I want to be there--and need to be for myself. And because DH and I tend to think of different things.

Before folks start thinking I should have posted this in the Schools board, this is ultimately not about schools--but about the ADA. I know we've brought this up and down and all around about how much or little PA folks are covered by it. But they are covered by it.

So when our PA children are covered by the ADA, and a parent is required to meet with someone (school official, camp official, whatever) to ensure our child is protected, are we covered at all?

I technically work for the State of Texas, and state agencies are pretty big on following laws. Although in my orientation class, when we had our ADA quiz, I did bring up that LTFA were covered, and it was news to the trainer.

Now, my manager is a parent, and I don't think I'm going to have a problem at all saying that I need to be here for this meeting. It's just a matter of driving 4 hours to/from work that day OR working from home part of that time.

But do PA kids' parents have any obligation to accomodate?

[This message has been edited by McCobbre (edited August 16, 2005).]

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