Navigating Life With a Neurological Disorder
In the Workplace
You have a gum chewer sitting next to you and you can not get any work done. Can you move my desk? Can the company ask the gum chewer to stop?
The only place to eat is a small room, and everyone chomps on salads. Can you eat at my desk, although its currently not allowed?
In the American Disabilities Act, an impairment is defined as Any mental or psychological disorder, such as an intellectual disability (formerly termed "mental retardation"), organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities. Although misophonia is not in the DSM-V (the American Psychiatric Association Manual of Disorders) or ADA list of disorders, you still have rights and negotiation power.
For parents who want to provide an optimal learning environment for their child with misophonia, interaction with the school is critical. Children who had struggles in the school environment school may qualify for support services for reasons including attention deficit disorder, emotional disorders, cognitive disorders and developmental delay. Your child may be eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An Individualized Education Program is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability. The team that writes a child’s Individualized Education Program includes the parent(s), regular education teacher(s), special education teacher(s), other individuals from the school and district, and the student when appropriate. A meeting to write the IEP must be held within 30 calendar days of deciding that the child is eligible for special education and related services.