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    I have limited mobility, and have put in a request to our HOA board to
    install a mailbox at my door so I don't need to get my mail at the
    community mail boxes. I was initially turned down for this. Now they
    say I can have a mailbox installed at my home only for the times I am
    in a cast (frequently). However, even when I'm not in a cast, I have
    significant mobility issues.

    The USPS is willing to make the home delivery, but I must have a
    mailbox at my door. In my previous condo, the board always granted
    home delivery, but restricted where the mailbox could be installed,
    and had to approve the design/style of the mailbox.

    I'd like to know legally what the HOA board must approve.

    I live in a handicap-accessible condo which I specifically bought
    because of my handicap.


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    Question on home mail delivery for the disabled

    >Why not a mail _slot_ rather than a mail _box_? It would probably be
    easier for you since you wouldn't have to open your front door.
    It depends on what the issue is. It may be that the condo board doesn't want
    the mail carriers wandering around the complex. There may be semi-plausible
    justifications for this, e.g., security and/or privacy issues. (Strictly
    speaking, the US Postal Service does have the right to go wherever they feel
    they need to go, however...)

    The issue also might be that the cluster mailboxes are a focus for community
    activities: in other words, this might be an assisted living facility where the
    staff specifically wants to force the residents to find a way to get out of the
    house long enough to get the mail, even those residents who have "mobility
    issues." (Colleges often have arrangements like this: instead of delivering
    mail to dorm rooms, students pick up their mail at a centrally-located mailbox.
    This is done in large part to create another place where students can interact
    with each other. But I digress...)


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      Stan Brown wrote:
      "[email protected]" wrote in misc.legal.moderated:
      I have limited mobility, and have put in a request to our HOA board toinstall a mailbox at my door so I don't need to get my mail at thecommunity mail boxes. I was initially turned down for this. Now theysay I can have a mailbox installed at my home only for the times I amin a cast (frequently). However, even when I'm not in a cast, I havesignificant mobility issues.
      Why not a mail _slot_ rather than a mail _box_? It would probably be easier for you since you wouldn't have to open your front door.
      I live in a handicap-accessible condo which I specifically boughtbecause of my handicap.
      If you bought it with these restrictions in place, I don't think you can now turn around and say that you insist on changes.
      Except that the ADA requires that the HOA make "reasonable"
      accomodations for OP's disability. Whether a mailbox at OP's door is
      "reasonable" is of course arguable. If it's important, OP should
      consult a lawyer. If it's not worth consulting a lawyer over, I guess
      OP will have to live with whatever the Board says.

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        Question on home mail delivery for the disabled

        parts of the brain or they can be brought to
        the surface by electrical stimulation. Hallucinations can be induced
        or moods changed by drugs. There may or may not be an immaterial human
        soul, but if there is one it clearly is less powerful that the
        biological mechanisms of human behavior. For if that were not the case
        then researchers would not be able so easily to manipulate human
        feelings and behavior with drugs and electrical currents.

        158. It presumably would be impractical for all people to have
        electrodes inserted in their heads so that they could be controlled by
        the authorities. But the fact that human thoughts and feelings are so
        open to biological intervention shows that the problem of controlling
        human behavior is mainly a technical problem; a problem of neurons,
        hormones and complex molecules; the kind of problem that is accessible
        to scientific attack. Given the outstanding record of our society in
        solving technical problems, it is overwhelmingly probable that great
        advances will be made in the control of human behavior.

        159. Will public resistance prevent the introduction of technological
        control of human behavior? It certainly would if an attempt were made
        to introduce such control all at once. But since technological control
        will be introduced through a long sequence of small advances, there
        will be no rational and effective public resistance. (See paragraphs



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          system it causes pain
          to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the
          manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a
          "cure" for a "sickness" and therefore as good.

          156. In paragraph 127 we pointed out that if the use of a new item of
          technology is INITIALLY optional, it does not necessarily REMAIN
          optional, because the new technology tends to change society in such a
          way that it becomes difficult or impossible for an individual to
          function without using that technology. This applies also to the
          technology of human behavior. In a world in which most children are
          put through a program to make them enthusiastic about studying, a
          parent will almost be forced to put his kid through such a program,
          because if he does not, then the kid will grow up to be, comparatively
          speaking, an ignoramus and therefore unemployable. Or suppose a
          biological treatment is discovered that, without undesirable
          side-effects, will greatly reduce the psychological stress from which
          so many people suffer in our society. If large numbers of people
          choose to undergo the treatment, then the general level of stress in
          society will be reduced, so that it will be possible for the system to
          increase the stress-producing pressures. In fact, something like this
          seems to have happened already with one of our society's most
          important psychological tools for enabling people to reduce (or at
          least temporarily escape from) stress, namely, mass entertainment (see
          paragraph 147). Our use of mass entertainment is "optional": No law
          require


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            Question on home mail delivery for the disabled

            and that no other goal can be
            allowed to compete with this one. For the rest, revolutionaries should
            take an empirical approach. If experience indicates that some of the
            recommendations made in the foregoing paragraphs are not going to give
            good results, then those recommendations should be discarded.

            TWO KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY



            207. An argument likely to be raised against our proposed revolution
            is that it is bound to fail, because (it is claimed) throughout
            history technology has always progressed, never regressed, hence
            technological regression is impossible. But this claim is false.

            208. We distinguish between two kinds of technology, which we will
            call small-scale technology and organization-dependent technology.
            Small-scale technology is technology that can be used by small-scale
            communities without outside assistance. Organization-dependent
            technology is technology that depends on large-scale social
            organization. We are aware of no significant cases of regression in
            small-scale technology. But organization-dependent technology DOES
            regress when the social organization on which it depends breaks down.
            Example: When the Roman Empire fell apart the Romans' small-scale
            technology survived because any clever village craftsman could build,
            for instance, a water wheel, any skilled smith could make steel by
            Roman methods, and so forth. But the Romans' organization-dependent
            technology DID regress. Their aqueducts fell into disrepair and were
            never rebuilt. Their techniques of road constr


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