I am absolutely irate that this remote policy is now affecting people with disabilities who have already disclosed their disability and previously been given accommodation to work remotely.

What kind of a message does that send to your disabled workforce?
This is why I loudly advocate about these things on Twitter, and why I've spoken to the press on the two occasions I have.

People don't know who to tell about these things, and in the past, they've just quietly gone on suffering, or found another job that accommodates them.
It is so important to have the space to talk about workplace issues, especially ones of this magnitude.

This is egregious, & I absolutely will not back down.

Disclosure of a disability is about protecting YOU, not your employer. It's all need-to-know.

I've worked remotely for almost the entirety of the last 7 years, and not one time has an employer asked me to sign a medical release, or required me to prove that I am Bipolar or that I can better perform my job remotely.

Not once.
And I've received other accommodations, too.

At @webflow, I asked for an accommodation to get a stipend for a housekeeper when I was in a very deep depressive episode. I couldn't both work and take care of the house.

They approved it, no questions asked.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recommends employers ask employees directly how they can be best accommodated when the accommodation is not well defined.

Receiving a form to release your healthcare provider from HIPAA for TWO YEARS to your employee and all auth'd parties?

Tip: When the impairment and need for accommodation are not
Tip: If an employee with a disability requests a modificatio
Things I'd never sign: INSTRUCTIONS (Employee)Please sign the Authorization to Rele
Anddddd there's more. Keep in mind, this is for an accommodation to work remotely because of a disability, based on recommendation from someone's doctor. This is NOT a leave request.

The third-party processor sends the following form to your healthcare provider after you sign.
If this is not returned within two weeks, filled out and signed by the doctor, to the third party processor - the request is unceremoniously denied, as advised by our People team.

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14 Jul
Twitter claimed they verified 6 bot accounts by mistake on the same day.

The problem is clearly much bigger than that. Accounts with fake IMDB profiles, fictional characters, fan accounts test accounts, and more are among what you'll find if you look through all of them. Test account that is verifiedrandom user that is verifiedHarley Quinn fan account that is verifiedtesting account that is verified
People with a couple of soundcloud tracks, follow-for-follow accounts with large audiences, people with purchased followers/subscribers, and more
There seems to be something particularly odd about how some gaming accounts are being verified. They don't have liquipedia profiles with proof they are actively competing in esports, and they don't have large audiences as content creators, either.
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13 Jul
Some days I can't believe where I am.

10 years ago I was walking down the side of the road with nothing but pocket change; toddler on my hip, gas can in my hand, barely awake from the night shift at Krispy Kreme, about to be evicted...

Today I'm merging my own PRs at Apple.
Just for posterity for people looking at my LinkedIn profile: Yes, I started at @USATODAY in November of 2011. I was hired on November 15th. That year I was freelancing, and because of the economic malaise, many businesses didn't pay and went out of business themselves.
@USATODAY I was also working 3 minimum wage jobs - one at a food pantry, and the other two in fast food. My rent was $1200 a month and I was not making it. Every month was a scrape... and I was even on food stamps at the time. Struggle is definitely the right word.
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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.
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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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