Disability advocacy is very important to me. I hid my bipolar disorder for 10 years because I didn't know I was protected by the ADA. When I was deep in depressive episodes, I lied.

I will absolutely not stand for call-outs by people calling this advocacy "pandering".
Tech has always had a loud, apparent struggle with accepting that accessibility is a requirement, not a nice-to-have; that if an application doesn't work for a disabled person, it doesn't work.

This has made the culture around disability disclosure more and more intimidating.
Educate your organization's leadership about the ADA. They should know what information they are allowed to collect, and how their communication can be marginalizing and callous, creating an unwelcome and even toxic environment for disabled employees.
Create transparent education for employees about what the ADA covers, and how disclosing the need for accommodation gives them federal protection to receive accommodation and against discrimination. Tell them how and what information is stored and shared in your organization.
Create discreet, accessible, discoverable, and easy-to-use pathways for accommodation requests. Be very clear about the feedback loop in this: where the information in each step will go, and why, and how long it will take. Constantly reinforce their rights under the ADA.

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5 Jun
The side conversations I've been shown specifically about Angie and Keziyah, instead of the topic, are harmful, toxic, and several of them are racist.

The fact that this has been reduced to two opposing Black women, instead of two opposing ideas, is racist.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone's opinion.

Keziyah did not instigate anything by sharing her opposing viewpoint about a tweet, and agreeing her viewpoint in opposition should not be labeled as some kind of attention-seeking aggression.
It's not okay to co-opt that narrative about her, any more than it is okay to co-opt a narrative about Angie as an aggressor.

The aggressors here were the people who saw a heated argument and took it upon themselves to harass and degrade two Black women.
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I got talked into buying a vehicle I didn't want in 2017. I was in a beater vehicle that had a 30% interest rate and treading water. It was worth $4k; I owed $12k. I went to a dealership to trade DOWN and get better interest. I ended up leaving in a new Rogue and out my savings.
I tried to tell the sales guys that I really was trying to pay down my debt and just wanted something more affordable that I didn't feel like I was throwing money away into. Believe it or not, I've not always been as assertive as I have been online. 😭
I told them the down payment they got me to was literally all of the extra money I had at the time, and everything else was tied up in paying down debt and current obligations. They stopped hounding me and I took possession of the car. My payments didn't change, so I was 🤷‍♀️.
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