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  •  It's even worse when you're in the working world. (7+ / 0-)

    I'm an Asperger's sufferer that looks and acts almost completely normal, thanks to more then 20 years of therapy and other assistance.  But it's slowly destroying my career as a bioscientist.  The ADA is a good thing when you've already been hired, but in a field where there are several hundred applications for every decent job, it's so easy to sabotage someone's advance or hiring, and the ADA pretty much doesn't function at all BEFORE you get hired.

    The IDEA act actually has quite a few more teeth in it then the ADA, too.  I've seen employers routinely flaunt it with no consequences, even with folks with OBVIOUS disabilities.

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