Employment

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

  I’ve always wanted to make my living from my vocal talent.    Seriously I can sing and sing very well.  I’m not an exceptional talent with the ability to write and play another instrument, but I can really sing.     I’ve wanted to for about twenty years record a number of albums.    I sing a number […]

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Support Systems

Support Systems

As the Beach Boys put it, “I Get Around!!”. It’s all about gettin around. If you’re blind, simply put, you need to be the easiest date at the prom. It’s all about logistics. Getting groceries, getting to the doctor, getting the kids, etc. It’s about getting things done. Your support system is everything. Without it […]

Getting The Job

Getting The Job

There are a couple of things you need to get a job…. Getting The Job Podcast Believe you are capable of doing a job The capability to do the job The willingness to “Step Up” to the requirements of the job An understanding of what you bring to the job and what you need from […]

Blind Jobs

Blind Jobs

I have been told that the only reason I get jobs is because of my blindness.    I’ve even had close family members tell me this. Blind Jobs Podcast I can tell you that putting the fact that you’re blind on your resume will ensure you are not considered for a position.   I have never received […]

Stuck in a Rut

Stuck in a Rut

It’s so easy after you’ve been in a job for a while to believe that you can’t work any where else.   The best thing that ever happened to me in my career was getting laid off from my first job.    I had this new job, which I was lucky to get, great job and great […]

Hunting for a Job

Hunting for a Job

The downturn of 08 has been nasty. I left a 6 year career at Microsoft to go to back being an independent consultant. You’d think I was smarter than this but hind sight is always 20/20. Anyway. I had a great contract and it went very well good results and a good reference. But with […]

The Blind Way

The Blind Way

Many people think I am inflexible. That its my way or the highway. That I am a hard nosed SOB. Its too funny I was talking with someone recently and they finally put it into stark contrast for me. Actually explaining it to them put it into stark contrast for me. The Blind Way Podcast […]

Percision Fit

Percision Fit

Hiring me with my disability is expensive.    Once I have successfully made it through the hiring process getting me in and productive is an investment. Currently I use:   45 Inch Monitor   Kurzweil 3000   ZoomText   QuickScan Pro   Canon Scanner   EV Jordi   EV Merlin   EV Maxport   Herman Miller […]

Collaberation @ Work

Collaberation @ Work

I come across as hugely un-collaborative at work.  It isn’t my intent and it is one of the reasons why I am open about my blindness.    I can’t pretend anymore about my abilities or in some people’s opinion bizarre behavior.  It takes too much energy to attempt to appear sighted. I am convinced of a […]

CrossRoads

CrossRoads

I am at a juncture.   I’ve just gone through a few weeks of enhanced self awareness.   I took some advocate training a couple of weeks ago.  I’d never had any formal training and thought that it might help.   What the training has done is take away my naivety about the my blindness. I didn’t appreciate […]

Proving Yourself

Proving Yourself

Have you ever heard the statement that more is never enough. When I look around today. I see the marketing message to all of us and its really driven at making us unhappy or discontent with our current state. You need more to be loved accepted and have friends and if you don’t have it […]

No Accommodation Necessary

No Accommodation Necessary

After all of my bitching and moaning about being back in Alberta, Canada I think I can finally articulate what is pissing me off. There is talk of accommodation but no consideration for what works for me. Only what works for others, or only what is the cheapest for the company. I am expected to […]

Guerilla Job Hunting

Guerilla Job Hunting

I still advocate the use of the job hunting system in the book “What Color is Your Parachute”. These days the job hunting market is tough, Guerrilla job hunting is the added approach the extra work you have to do to get the job, you have to be tenacious bordering on obnoxious. To start you […]

Assisted Living

Assisted Living

People often wonder, including close friends and family, how disabled am I really. I’ve been scorned and ridiculed for wanting to live with someone. Selfishly having someone there significantly enhances my functionality. Broadens the experiences available to me, and significantly simplifies my logistics. I try to live my life as high functioning as possible. I […]

Humiliated

Humiliated

We’ll my new job is going well. From a work perspective the challenge is interesting the scale is challenging. There are some wonderful and very smart people here its refreshing. Accommodation has reared its ugly head, again. A friend of mine said to me when I got the job, just accommodate yourself and forget about […]

Logistics & Accomidation

Logistics & Accomidation

Its almost embarrassing how such a little thing can make such a big deal in your life. They closed my commuter train station that I use to get to work. Don’t laugh this is a big deal.. Logistics for an activity are paramount it determines whether you can participate in that activity or do the […]

Managing the Noise

Managing the Noise

There are places on this planet, on this continent, in this country, in this state or province, in this town or city or settlement, in this house or cardboard box or mud hut; that: people, lovers, life, work, friends, family, the establishment, your priest, religion, the media, doctors, lawyers, passions, hobbies, yourself; will tell you […]

How Much Can I See?

How Much Can I See?

This is a question that won’t go away. The easy answer is I can’t see shit, but as fun and flippant that response it isn’t very informative. Formal visual acuity measurement is 20/200 corrected on a good day, even though this is a formal measurement of visual acuity with a recognized measurement scale to you […]

Amazon.com Second Thoughts

Amazon.com Second Thoughts

Amazon.com was my hero. I used to buy everything through them, seriously what ever I wanted I’d go to Amazon.com first. If they had what I was looking for they’d get the business. This passionate loyalty extended to books, until recently. Reading is a BIG freaking deal. I can’t read text in printed form anymore, […]

Its Crunch Time

Its Crunch Time

In these tough economic times people with disabilities are going to take a huge hit. I read an article today that governments are thinking of canceling the death penalty to save money. You know if you have a disability that your screwed when the death row dude is going to live because they can’t afford […]

Human Migrations

Human Migrations

Growing up in Canada there were many times because of a resource based economy that industries shut down and people had to move. The mine was closed the forestry shut and fishery devastated. I never in my wildest dreams thought as an IT person that my industry would be devastated. I often thought of the […]

I Admit It!!!

I Admit It!!!

O.K.. I admit it. I’m bitter. The worst economic meltdown in my lifetime absolutely. I’m so sick and tired of not being considered for a job because I don’t have a degree. I had a choice when I was going to school. The ophthalmologist told me your sight or a degree. It was a very […]

Desperation

Desperation

I now know why they call it a depression. Deep recession, recession, global economic disaster whatever. I’m going to call it a depression. We are not out of this thing yet. I don’t care what spin the governments are putting on things. Call me the crazy man yelling the sky is falling. We are in […]

They Didn’t Even Ask

They Didn’t Even Ask

I’ve been looking for work now for eight months. Recently I’ve had a cluster of interviews in Canada and in the USA. Its so wild my recent trip to Alberta for interviews. I went with four confirmed interviews and added three more while I was there. Busy couple of days. I came away with only […]

Bootstrap Blindman

Bootstrap Blindman

Pulling myself up after being unemployed for a year is going to take some time.    The toll has been horrendous.    The job market in and around Seattle remains a disaster.   Personally I’ve lost my confidence I’ve lost my belief and understanding in my abilities.  I’m trying to pull myself up and out of this mess.    […]

Marginalized

Marginalized

People don’t get it. If you don’t look or act a certain way then you can’t be. I don’t look blind and most of the time am fairly highly functional. I have had a successful career although with the economy that is no longer true. People like to push you around like to determine what […]

Alberta Bound

Alberta Bound

Those words have been given new meaning for me since I’ve moved back. I can’t believe how much things change and how much I’ve changed as an individual. The culture here is very much against open discussion on anything. They all appear to be homophobic and afraid of anything that is not the “norm”. There […]

M’s & N’s

M’s & N’s

I’ve had colleagues at work one at Microsoft and one at my current gig who can’t get their head wrapped around me. In the Microsoft case it eventually cost me my job. Not being what is expected will likely cost me my current job as well. Being blind you can’t work in ways that sighted […]

Its Monday and Everybody Works on Monday

Its Monday and Everybody Works on Monday

Have you ever seen the movie “Dave”? I still tear up when I watch it. In my career I’ve looked for and found new jobs I think fifteen or so times. I’ve learned a lot about networking and job searching. Many compliment me on my job searching abilities. There are times when finding the job […]

Poverty / Prosperity

Poverty / Prosperity

I was hypothesizing about growing up in poverty, disabled, blind. I grew up in Canada. Generally the poverty levels here are better than in other parts of the world but indeed poverty exists here as well. I’ve done some reading and research and have had several conversations about poverty. I am no expert on poverty. […]

Technical Accomidation

Technical Accomidation

I’m struggling with the issue of technical accommodation, who’s responsibility is it, who pays, and who gets to keep the gear?. As a disabled person there are pieces of technology that make many things in my day and my personal and professional life possible. I’m going to publish a picture of myself showing the technology […]

Change is Good

Change is Good

Professionally I help Information Technologies Service Delivery teams grow.     Teams like individuals get stuck in ruts focusing on the negative or failure and not focusing on success and building on that success to be able to do new and cool things.  When the focus is on the failure connections between team or family members are […]

Can’t Quit

Can’t Quit

I’m still scared. The economic downturn has been brutal on me personally. My personal portfolio is a disaster and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. I am still haunted by precision fit, where you had to be the best of the best of the best Sir, and be the perfect cultural fit for […]

Anxious

Anxious

Fear is such a profoundly negative force almost as powerful as death. I was having some energy and pace issues, way too much life. I was worried about my kids after the fire they had in which they lost everything. I worked with my daughter to help them get back on their feet and get […]

UnMasked, Life Isn’t Faire

UnMasked, Life Isn’t Faire

A most perceptive fellow at work unmasked me. My colleague was perceptive enough to realize that in the context of work he had the disadvantage and I had the advantage. My colleague’s comment was “life isn’t fair”. I asked him what he meant. He continued with “I can’t compete with you”. He had my curiosity […]

Facebook

Facebook

Im not sure I’m a fan. I’ve had my misgivings, human relationships in life for are for a : reason, season, lifetime. Relationships have a lifecycle with an ending, unfortunately. If there wasn’t loss or pain in relationships how would we know when we had a good thing and work to keep it. If loss […]

Arogant Human Ignorance

Arogant Human Ignorance

A core part of the human experience is; we don’t know what we don’t know. It’s like the young child who covers their eye’s and thinks they are invisible. If something exists beyond our imagination then to us it doesn’t exist. Humans as individuals and humans as a herd don’t like change. An individual can […]

I’m Back

I’m Back

Its too long since I’ve last posted, its winter here now, not too cold yet or too much snow, but definitely winter. Christmas and now my birthday have come and gone. Last fall has been fun and a bit of an adventure. I have some short tales and a warning about being careful what you […]

User Interfaces

User Interfaces

There are many issues with user interfaces to technology. My approach has been to give up on reading the bits and pieces unless I have to. I work off of patterns. I don’t want to appear too cynical but there is no real push at making user interfaces accessible… I had the opportunity to get […]

When is Enough, Enough?

When is Enough, Enough?

When is enough, enough? Recently, I wrote about my intolerance for intolerance and my new approach of working in the context of three strikes before writing off someone, a group, or an organization, or employer. I recently worked in a health care organization from January this year to early August this year. My tenure should […]

Realizing My Potential

Realizing My Potential

Have you ever noticed how, depending on you take on things, God or the universe chooses to talk to us? Have you ever noticed how often we are given messages? There are countless songs poems stories etc about how we are spoken to. The subtle the sublime and sometimes the sledgehammer on our stubborn heads, […]

Empathy

Empathy

Have you ever asked yourself why you seem to be more receptive to some and not so much to others? Have you ever wondered at work why if an idea came from one colleague it was received differently then if another colleague expressed the same idea? Do you notice that if something is not in […]

Normal

Normal

None of us like to feel or admit we are different. I look at my choice of careers. I used to shun the musician, masseuse thing as it was stereotypically blind. I now am spending more time singing and want to learn the message trade. I chose a career in information technology “IT”. Why because […]

Making a Living

Making a Living

Its very difficult making a living as a blind person. The most stress I’ve ever had in my life was when I was married, for the first time, and I was the only bread winner. I couldn’t get my x-wife to work for nothing. Supporting four mouths was a ton of pressure. In the workplace […]

Poverty, Disability

Poverty, Disability

I was hypothesizing about growing up in poverty, disabled, blind. I grew up in Canada. Generally the poverty levels here are better than in other parts of the world but indeed poverty exists here as well. I’ve done some reading and research and have had several conversations about poverty. I am no expert on poverty. […]

Activism vs Advocacy

Activism vs Advocacy

Duality, paradox, is how I view my experience with blindness. There are things I can do and can see in some contexts and there are many many things I can’t do or see no matter what. I was challenged in a discussion, am I an advocate,?“a person who speaks or writes in support or defense […]

Technical Accommodation

Technical Accommodation

I’m struggling with the issue of technical accommodation, who’s responsibility is it, who pays, and who gets to keep the gear?. As a disabled person there are pieces of technology that make many things in my day and my personal and professional life possible. I’m going to publish a picture of myself showing the technology […]

Kindled

Kindled

I love reading. Did I say I love reading, most of my life I’ve been an avid reader. I’ve read until my eye’s have bled. Nothing like your imagination and a good story to take you anywhere or anyplace in time and space. As I’ve aged I’ve lost the ability and the energy to read […]

Getting Out The Door

Getting Out The Door

You might not know it to look at me but I am utilizing six things to accommodate me and my disability. There are six things I use just to get out the door and walk down the street. Lets start at the top and work our way down. Tilley Hat Part of my disability is […]

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Guerrilla Job Hunting

I still advocate the use of the job hunting system in the book “What Color is Your Parachute”. These days the job hunting market is tough, Guerrilla job hunting is the added approach the extra work you have to do to get the job, you have to be tenacious bordering on obnoxious. To start you […]