[Jobs] Jobs for a college student who is totally blind

Andrew Leach aleach5 at woh.rr.com
Wed Aug 29 16:13:46 UTC 2018

Aaron, I like it...  I put blind in a cover letter a while back for a
college DSS position and the job developer that I have around for opinions,
ideas ETC couldn't believe that I wouldn't use, "visually impaired".  Can
you believe that we've come to that?  I've been blind for around fifty years
now I'm not surprised or it isn't new knowledge to me.


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From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Aaron Cannon via
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:53 AM
To: Jobs for the Blind
Cc: Aaron Cannon
Subject: Re: [Jobs] Jobs for a college student who is totally blind

I agree completely with Mikes message in regard to viewing yourself as
an individual with many characteristics and talents, only one of which
is your blindness.  Asking "can blind people do X?" is usually the
wrong question to ask.  A better question is "Has a blind person done
this before? How?" Or better still, "How can I figure out a way to do
this, regardless of what others have or have not done?"

Where I differ with Mike is regarding language.  It's fine to be just
a blind person, and to even hang out with disabled people.

There seems to be a big push in some circles to get us all to use
so-called person-first language, but I would argue that this is likely
to do more harm than good.  (To be clear, it's not my in tension to
suggest that this is Mike's aim, so consider this as a response to the
language he used in his message, and not as a statement on what Mike
believes or what his goals are, if any, regarding this matter.)

How many times have you been asked a question about your blindness,
only to have the person really struggle with the phrasing, because
they don't want to risk offending you, or coming across as uneducated
or ridiculous?  How many questions start off with the person
apologizing or saying "This is probably going to sound stupid,
but..."?  I wonder how many questions have gone unasked, because the
would-be asker isn't sure how to phrase it, and doesn't want to cause

I can think of few things better calculated to increase barriers to
communication between the blind and the rest of society than
person-first language.  Essentially, we're telling folks that if you
want to even talk about us, you first have to learn the secret
language.  That boring old language you learned in elementary school?
Not good enough for us.

If the true problem of blindness is a lack of understanding, why on
earth would we want to add artificial barriers to understanding and


On 8/29/18, Mike Galloway via Jobs <jobs at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi to you also.
> First, persons who are blind, are persons, the disability of being blind,
> does not make the person. In other words, persons with disabilities can do
> anything a sighted person can do, except drive, and I understand that
> ability may be coming soon.
> If I were you, I would check out the local rehabilitation service, who
> would
> probably suggest that you look into some career paths.  Your college could
> also provide you some career interest. Have you checked into either of
> those?
> What is your major in college? If it is not providing you with a career
> that
> you are interested in, perhaps after consulting with career professionals,
> you may need to change careers.
> Mike Galloway, MA, CRC, ALC
> From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Daniella Roccasalvo via
> Jobs
> Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4:06 PM
> To: Jobs for the Blind <jobs at nfbnet.org>
> Cc: Daniella Roccasalvo <daniellaroccasalvo at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [Jobs] Jobs for a college student who is totally blind
> Hello all,
> GI am a college student living in Ontario Canada. I was wondering are
> any organizations that help me find a job? What jobs can a blind person
> Could a blind person work at tim hortins if they have no vision? What
> a grocery store? I need some ideas, I'm lost and I don't know where to
> start. eThank you Daniellat Outlook for iOS

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