Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified employees with disabilities. There’s a little more to it than that but you get the gist. What does this have to do with Jackson? We are constantly providing him with reasonable accommodations. Some of them aren’t reasonable, but whatever he needs, we accommodate him.
Case in point: the car seat. The forward-facing car seat has become an invaluable accommodation for us. Not only does it function as a car seat, but Jackson uses it as a swing, ground level chair, and, most recently, a bobsled.
It started out as a normal Sunday with the family attending Mass at Sacred Heart Church. After Mass, my dad insisted we bring the boys over to play in the snow. After getting to my parents’ house, my dad sprang into action while the rest of us played with the boys. My dad was running around in a flurry of activity…
but none of us were paying any attention (I guess we’re used to it) until he revealed this:
He strapped two forward facing car seats to a sled and, voila, the Vanzant/Onorini Bobsled Team. Here they are in action:
Because of these accommodations, Jackson can do everything the rest of us can do, for which I am very thankful. Also, thank you if you have given us a car seat. As you can see, we try to put it to good use.