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

Steven Atkinson sm.atkinson at comcast.net
Wed Aug 29 16:53:14 UTC 2018


Could I permenenttely borrow your tag line?

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From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Robert Sollars via
Jobs
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 12:41 PM
To: 'Jobs for the Blind'
Cc: Robert Sollars
Subject: Re: [Jobs] Jobs for a college student who is totally blind

The tag line on the bottom of my professional e-mails is stated simply: "I
may be blind, but my vision is crystal clear"
Robert

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From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Andrew Leach via Jobs
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 9:14 AM
To: 'Jobs for the Blind' <jobs at nfbnet.org>
Cc: Andrew Leach <aleach5 at woh.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [Jobs] Jobs for a college student who is totally blind

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.

Thanks,
Andy

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From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Aaron Cannon via
Jobs
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 offense?

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 communication.

Aaron

On 8/29/18, Mike Galloway via Jobs <jobs at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi to you also.
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>
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> 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.
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>
>
> 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
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> 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
there
> any organizations that help me find a job? What jobs can a blind 
> person
do?
> Could a blind person work at tim hortins if they have no vision? What
about
> 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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