While I was waiting to hear back from the HR lady about The Baseball Hat Saga, I was getting more and more irked about the fact that I've seen my company purchase ergonomic keyboards for people with carpal tunnel and I saw a large chair special ordered for an extremely obese co-worker, but meanwhile they were hassling me about wearing a free baseball hat to keep the fluorescent light glare out of my eyes.
I decided to go on my company's website and do some digging around to see what I could find to strengthen my argument about how they can accommodate these people, but not me. That was where I found an ergonomics program, where there was a section on "monitor and mouse settings and adjustments” with a list of ways to reduce glare problems with your monitor. To my surprise, one suggestion was to "Wear a visor to keep the light out of your eyes. It can be an effective way to reduce eyestrain and headaches."
Holy cow! Since my new visor has been working great for me, I immediately printed the page and I gave it to my team leader who said "great news." Then I finally got in touch with the HR Lady who said she was glad that I had found something that worked for me and she hadn't been aware of the reducing glare section in the ergonomics program. Therefore, the whole ADA claim thing has been dropped and it seems like it's approved for me to wear the visor for now.
I'm truly relieved about all this, and a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, but there is still one thing that bugs me. Why did I have to find this information on my own? I'm really starting to learn that being your own advocate is the only way to protect yourself.