First of all, if one needs accommodation then the condition one has must be recognized as an impairment to functioning normally. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 more vividly extends and defines conditions that can be considered disabilities. "The regulations define “physical or mental impairment” as any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more body systems, such as neurological,..." The immune and circulatory systems have been added to the ADAAA’s list of "major bodily functions" that can be affected by an "impairment". Major bodily functions are now recognized as major life activities. If a bodily function is impaired, even for short duration, the impairment is considered "substantially limiting" even if episodic or in remission. Therefore cancer is included. ,[991a],[991b]
Regrettably, most locations these days are not good zones for EHS folks (or really, any of the rest of us); they have to leave after a period of time because the intensity is just too overwhelming. One thing that would help somewhat and show sensitivity to everyone, is to ask at the start of meetings for people to turn off their cell phones for the duration.
"For many, exposure to wireless radiation causes electromagnetic sensitivity (ES), an often-debilitating condition recognized by the following U.S. government agencies:
▪ The United States Access Board's IEQ Indoor Environmental Quality Project indicates electromagnetic sensitivities may be considered disabilities under the ADA:
▪ Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is one of several services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN offers the following Accommodation Ideas for Electromagnetic Sensitivity:
A 424 page report by this agency advises the President, Congress & Federal Agencies to promulgate policies and guidance [page 351] to accommodate people disabled by environmental barriers experiencing debilitating reactions from very low-level exposures to chemicals or electromagnetic fields. These can include "vehicle GPS and radio features, overhead power lines, cell phones, parking lot rechargers, fluorescent lighting, flashing lights, and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology between vehicles" according to Susan Molloy, long-time advocate for people with chemical and electrical sensitivities. [page 207]
991 Questions and Answers on the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008,