May 23, 2008

The next expansion of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The "Electro-Sensitive." I kid you not.

A group in Santa Fe says the city is discriminating against them because they say that they're allergic to the wireless Internet signal. And now they want Wi-Fi banned from public buildings.

Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to certain types of electric fields, including wireless Internet and cell phones.

"I get chest pain and it doesn't go away right away," he said.

Firstenberg and dozens of other electro-sensitive people in Santa Fe claim that putting up Wi-Fi in public places is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city attorney is now checking to see if putting up Wi-Fi could be considered discrimination. (Link.)

Do these folks have TVs? What about the innumerable radio signals that saturate urban areas, um, like constantly? Indeed, as this commenter says:

If they are allergic to wireless internet and cell phones due to electro sensitivity, that would mean eliminating tv and radio signals as well. We would pretty much have to eliminate everything that sends a signal. That just isn't possible. I can't tolerate pollen or dust well. Asking the city to ban it legally isn't logical.

I can't handle pollen either. Maybe I'll just sue, dammit. It's the American Way, after all.

Posted by Hube at May 23, 2008 10:17 PM | TrackBack

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This comes down to the basic teachings of Darwin.

To rid the species of bad genes and harmful traits, some folks simply have to die without breeding.

I think these folks would qualify.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at May 23, 2008 11:05 PM

This is not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA rules and regulations. To bad various equipment as it were due to being allergic to this and that isn't logical nor is it reasonable. This is a reverse of when people allegedly claim they are allergic to service dogs. That claim is no reason to banned people with disabilities being accompanied by their service animal. Henceforth these individuals claiming the same thing basically don't or shouldn't have a leg to stand on. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. And what about people allergic to perfume. You cannot demand people when going out to not where perfume or deodorant because somebody is allergic. There are life threatening cases however we still cannot alter the function of these facilities!

A more reasonable accommodations would be for public buildings to put up a sticker on their doors stating that this building has WiFi or whatever. Then people could choose to enter at their own risk if they are allergic. That is the reasonable thing to do for allergies! Not demanding companies take out equipment per say to suit others for that will alter their function. It's different to have facilities to add accessibility for all people. This is not the case.

Posted by: on Call 24/7 at May 24, 2008 11:26 AM

just tell them to add another layer of tinfoil inside their hats, they'll be fine.

Posted by: anoni at May 26, 2008 09:54 AM

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