[Jobs] Back from Vacation, and am now seriously looking

Steven Atkinson sm.atkinson at comcast.net
Wed Aug 15 16:09:01 UTC 2018


I understand your frustration since I have dealt with many job issues after
suddenly losing my eyesight during 2001 when I was thirty-one years old.  I
have learned to be a very good J.A.W.S. user, but the other issues that come
up while I have been employed have been frustrating.  I have done my best to
under promise and over deliver for employers and I think I have done exactly
that.  But, I am still searching for that best position for myself.  I
refuse to work the most simple positions since they can be as difficult as a
more challenging position.  The positions I am interested in require me to
have a drivers licence and I have no idea why!  The positions do not require
me to drive and I am frustrated.  I didn't answer your questions, but I
wanted to let you know that you are not alone with your Grumpyness!  We will
figure out what the answer is for us, I just hope we don't run out of time
since we are getting older by the day!  I hope you keep on keeping on since
I am confident you will figure out what is best for you.


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From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Dave via Jobs
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 11:28 AM
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Cc: Dave
Subject: [Jobs] Back from Vacation, and am now seriously looking


OK, am back from taking a Family Vacation, and now I need a Vacation to
recover from my Family Vacation!    funny how that works.

Anyway, the last few days, have been spent looking On Line for Employment,
and am running into things that create questions, but where to ask those
questions is my first dilemma.  

Just before I left to go on Vacation, I had thought this NFB Jobs list was
to do with helping other Blind people find Jobs.    this sometimes requires
questions to be asked, and this often leads to discussions.  The last I saw,
was that this list was not Happy with Discussions due to Employers hanging
out on this same list.  

If this list is only for posting Job Possibilities, then I need to know
this, so I do not clutter it up with my questions, and possible discussions.

As I do my Searches, I am running into a number of questions, some which I
have had since I first suffered losing my sight, and started asking
questions back then.  Frankly, I dislike the typical Answer that I can do
anything I wish to do.  This is just not true, and so I would like to hear
other answers that are much more realistic.  

And Yes, I do know we shouldn't limit ourselves, but I doubt if Delta
Airlines is going to hire me as an Airline Pilot, which once was my Goal
before losing my sight, and was learning to fly.  

As mentioned before, I am more interested in the amount I will earn, rather
than what the job I end up doing will be.   And I had mentioned  that for
now, I am avoiding any employment where I am asked to speak with the General
Public.  Even though I have a long employment record of providing Software
Tech Support, I am so Burned out on dealing with the General Public.  this
may change in time, but not any time soon.  

this means I am looking at Entry Level positions, and starting over doing
something very different.  

My questions have to do with how to get around the need to read a Blueprint,
or to read printed instructions, or how to fill out the required spaces on
Paperwork that is passed down the line to the next person who works on the
same project.  

Some of this kind of Documentation is on Paper, and there is Hand writing of
information at times.  Other times there is the same thing, but Computers
are used to fill in the required bits of info.  

this is where knowing if JAWS will read the Company Software they use to
track product assembly would be great.  
And this is where , at least for me, the art of landing a job, gets a bit
tricky.  I could probably obtain the name of the tracking software used, and
then ask if JAWS will read this Software.  And the answer to that question
will be Yes, No, and maybe partly.  And perhaps the Employer doesn't want to
put a Screen Reader on the System, because to them, doing so is just another
possible thing that can go wrong, either for me, the new Blind Employee, or
it may cause a problem for everyone using the System.   Employers like it
when everything goes very smooth.  they dislike Headaches, or even the
possibility of a Headache.  

Or should I look for jobs that requires Zero Reading or Writing?  

Would be interested in some Real World solutions, or Work Arounds, or Advice
from those who have been there and figured out a way around these kinds of

In my previous jobs, I took verbal instructions, and sometimes filled out
Reports using the Computer.    Sometimes instructions were done by sending
me Email.  

When looking at Job Requirements, often they list the need for reading
blueprints, printed instructions, and more.   However, often, once the job
is learned, the need for reading a Blueprint is much less, and any changes
that might come, are easily verbally spoken.  So, there are simple real
world alternative methods of obtaining the new info needed to correctly do
the tasks given  

The requirements read in the description of a possible job, are not always
absolute requirements, but more of a employer's desire.  

Now you have an idea of my current questions, and so I wait to hear back, to
see if this list allows such conversations.

Thanks for any reply,

Grumpy Dave

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