LEGAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH EHS
 
 
 
 
 

   Americans who suffer from EHS have a functional disability because they are handicapped by man-made electromagnetic toxins in the environment.  Adverse symptoms to these environmental toxins prevent many EHS sufferers from accessing areas of public accommodation.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law intended to protect against discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities, just as the Civil Rights Act made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodation.
 
    Among other things, the ADA ensures access to the building environment for people with disabilities. The ADA standards establish design requirements for the construction and alteration of facilities subject to the law. These enforceable standards apply to all places of public accommodation: commercial facilities as well as federal, state and local government facilities. 
 
    The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (United States Access Board) is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment and information technology. The Compliance Board enforces the ADA and other laws associated with this legislation.
 
 
 
 
 
     In 2005, the Access Board funded a study called the IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) project of the National Institute and Building Sciences (NIBS). This project detailed various indoor pollution problems, solutions and recommendations. The published study:
 
1.   Recognized both chemical and electromagnetic sensitivities as important in the eyes of the law
 
2.  Recommended building designs and construction to provide a more healthful environment for both chemically and electomagnetically sensitive people
 
    The study states:  "The Products and Materials Committee believes that particular attention is critical during building design to assure that the needs of chemically and electromagnetically sensitive people are accommodated to the greatest extent possible."  Here are four important recommendations of this important report:
 
1.  Incorporation of a foil vapor barrier or other metal shielding into the walls around electric equipment that can reduce certain electromagnetic fields.
 
2.  Wireless ("bluetooth" type) connections should be avoided, or areas of their use should be "contained" by using foil-backed drywall or other incorporation of a foil or metal barrier.
 
3.  New construction should use twisted metal clad wiring and /or twisted wire placed in metal conduit.
 
4.  Fiber optic connectivity is preferred for computer networks communication because these data lines may be run without concern for stray emissions.
 
 
 
 
 
     Electromagnetic pollution, which includes wireless radiation, is absolutely air pollution.  It flows through buildings and through the tissues of human bodies. The reason that almost all buildings are now loaded with electromagnetic fields, especially those from wireless systems and devicesm is because most EHS sufferers have not yet learned how to press their legal rights for federally-mandated ADA protection from the wireless irradiation that makes them sick.  Legal expert Deborah Koplad explains:
 
"What people who are getting headaches and other debilitating symptoms from Wi-Fi need to do is get accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and get transmitters shut off in crucial settings like schools, doctor's offices courts, etc., so that they can function as they did before neurotoxic exposures were introduced into the indoor building environment. Sweden has formalized procedures to get this accommodation. Americans must press these claims with each institution they must access.  It is difficult for those in the early stages of sensitization to understand that they are reacting to an environmental trigger and that the impairment they are experiencing is a functional impairment that can be eliminated by remediating the environment they are in. It requires a shift in thinking to grasp that this relief can be achieved by exercising their civil rights, not by bouncing from doctor to doctor who write hard-core pharmaceutical prescriptions  without understanding the condition at hand or what the correct solution is (return to an electromagnetically appropriate environment that existed in buildings until recently). The EU acknowledged that the number of people who have manifested the syndrome [EHS] has increased exponentially since the recent practice of putting transmitters in buildings....Russia and Sweden both provide wings of hospitals without wireless so people who have developed EHS can access medical care."
 
 
The US Department of Labor has a website resource
for EHS people who need to work in an environment that does not trigger their symptoms. This site features a great deal of information, including how to request accommodation for EHS in the workplace!
 
 
 
  Click the picture below to access this site
 
 
 
 
 
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