Disability Inclusion and The Workplace

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Published Monday, September 18, 2017
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Author: Lauren Bombardier Weeks of Education Development Center, Inc.

Growing up, I was never quite sure whether my disease would allow me to work full time. I have lived with the chronic, life-threatening illness called cystic fibrosis (CF) my whole life. This disease that mainly affects the lungs has led to frequent hospitalizations due to lung infections throughout my life, as well as some fatigue, fevers, and a frequent cough that can interrupt my day unexpectedly. Because of this disease, I also face a shortened life expectancy. A blessing and a curse of the disease is that most people can’t tell by looking at me that I have a disability. Not only that, but the unpredictability of the lung infections that come with CF can make it difficult to explain why some days I am as healthy as the next person, and other days I can’t get out of bed.