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    Mitzi's post (Medical Conditions) got me to wondering. Does each state have their own standards as to following the dictates of the ADA or is this a federal blanket policy that all agencies follow? Also, what are some conditions your agency has balked at accepting?

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    ADA isn't the big blanket that everyone seems to think it is. There are a lot of areas it hasn't touched.

    Likewise, it seems to have a different effect in different areas. I have a friend in a NE state that had to redesign their agility test and justify every task because of how their state viewed ADA. We do not have that problem here.

    Obviously, ADA was not designed to allow everyone to do everything. If something is not reasonably safe, it should not be allowed. For example, under ADA, I might have to hire a blind librarian. However, it certainly can't force a blind person to be hired to drive a school bus. You won't see many firemen in wheelchairs.

    Personally, I would oppose any measure that allowed an epeleptic that has had seizures within 2 years to legally drive.

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    Where am I to go now that I've gone too far.

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      uspublisher,

      I don't know the severity of your condition, but it surprises me that someone with a history of epilepsy is allowed to be a LEO. I know that is an automatic, no-questions-asked disqualifier for getting an FAA medical certificate (required if you are going to be a pilot).

      I have a friend who was DQ'd from our local department on the medical exam (last stage of the application process, with a conditional offer of employment) because he has asthma. If they DQ someone for that, I don't see how they can't DQ someone for epilepsy.

      [This message has been edited by PatrickM98 (edited 07-02-2001).]

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        I don't think uspublisher is a LEO but I'm not sure.
        In our city, if you have epilepsy, you can not be a polie officer.

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          Originally posted by Mitzi:
          I don't think uspublisher is a LEO but I'm not sure.
          In our city, if you have epilepsy, you can not be a polie officer.
          He stated in another thread that he is a LEO.

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            I haven't had a seizure in 25 years. I am a LEO in California.

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            Mick

            [This message has been edited by uspublisher (edited 07-02-2001).]

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