Paralyzed NYC Principal Holed Up in Cramped Room Waiting for Wheelchair Lift

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"Federal law is clear," said Wendy Hensel, an associate dean at the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. "If you have an employee with a disability -- and it's pretty clear she is disabled -- you have to make facilities acceptable and reasonable accommodation.

"What is interesting about this is you typically don't see this relating to people in charge or in wheelchairs," Hensel said. "These are people who really need to be on site and it's important to a school. Usually, they do whatever they can to accommodate them.

"[The Board of Education] knows what they have to do to accommodate and foot-dragging is against the law," she said. "It's been four months and the fact that accommodations have not been made is quite unacceptable."

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