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.

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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 an interview from a resume where I have disclosed my disability.   It is my policy to disclose my disability face to face.

If you are disabled you have a number of things to prove in addition to proving your competency for the position.  For instance:

  • Can you get to the job?
  • Can you fit in with the team?
  • Can you communicate well enough to be successful in the job?
  • Can you manage the logistics and issues of your disability well enough to do the job?
  • What needs to be done at the job site to accommodate you?
  • Is your personal presentation compatible with the job.

If you are disabled you need to have your shit together.  Emotional maturity is a must.   You need to be articulate and clear on what you need and what you expect.   You need to be able to describe any issues you may have and prove that you can overcome your disability and add value on the job.  Then you need to be able to articulate and demonstrate your capabilities and experience in doing the job.

I’ve found that if you have a chip on your shoulder.  Or if you expect the employer to figure out what you need and how to accommodate you, you’re likely not going to be considered for the position.  The easier you make it for the employer the easier it is for them to hire you.

In my opinion and experience my emotional intelligence and my management of my disability is an extreme strength.  It demonstrates immediately that with 90% less visual data not only can I do the job but in most cases I can do it better than my sighted competitors.

At the end of the day most employers want to support disabled people and are willing to give you a job.  At the end of the day I am happiest when I have proven myself alongside my colleagues and I am valued and considered on my own merit.

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About the Author:

Kyle has ocular albinism and has been legally blind since birth. Kyle leads a very active live and is besides his professional career involved in many projects for persons who are different.

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