NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk Board of Education member who is having a problem seeing said no allowance has been made by the board to assist her in her duties while she has a temporary disability. Board Chairman Mike Lyons denies it.
“I have a temporary disability presently that I am unable to really see. I can’t read emails. I can’t read whatever,” Migdalia Rivas said at Monday’s Democratic Town Committee meeting. “… I have spoke to the board and I have said I cannot read emails, please accommodate me. No! I was told if I am not able to fulfill my job as an elected official I should resign. I said what about the American Disabilities Act. OK? I have said that in public.”
Lyons confirmed that she has said it in public.
“She asked at one of our recent Board meetings if people would call her on the phone to notify her of meetings and the like (she said she has her daughter read her emails and documents to her),” Lyons said in an email. “I told (Superintendent Manny) Dr. Rivera to make sure she gets such calls as requested. That was the only accommodation she requested, and I made sure it would be provided. I am not aware of anyone saying that if she couldn’t perform her duties she should resign; I certainly have never said anything like that.”
Rivas is one of three board members who allege that they have been subject to racial discrimination in a complaint filed with the Norwalk Branch NAACP.