[NABS-L] Job Interview: Seeking Advice on Disclosing my Disability
sandragayer7 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 28 11:16:27 UTC 2019
I'm not saying it's easy or straightforward. Most of the time I get an
interview which may or may not lead to the job, ocasionally, I don't.
I remember one instance when the employer wrote to me, saying they
didn't think a blind person could do the job. In situations like that,
you would never be able to work with people who think like that so,
from my point-of-view, it works out fine.
The flip side to this is that Most of my work when I left school was,
so to speak, normal administrative/office work. Most of what I do now
is performing. When I'm not doing that, I present on the radio and
teach Braille Music. Also, my website and a number of other websites
available to the public do mention my disability. Anyone could look me
up if they want to so I'd rather they hear it from me, on my terms,
first. If anyone else wants to keep it hidden until they believe it to
be the right moment,keep in mind that employers look people up on the
social media sites so you'd best hide it when talking to friends on
the Internet as well.
Very best wishes,
On 7/27/19, Darrell Hilliker <darrell.hilliker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am not ashamed of my disability, but, I know this…
> I’ve tried this both ways.
> Every time I have disclosed my blindness before the interview, I have not
> even gotten to the interview.
> Most of the time, when I have not disclosed my blindness before the
> interview, I have actually gotten to an interview, and, sometimes, even
> gotten hired.
> I think it’s just the facts of life that it is risky to disclose too early.
> Take care,
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Jul 27, 2019, at 9:22 AM, Sandra Gayer via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> Hello Everyone,
>> I am following this thread and tried to keep silent. However, I feel I
>> must say something at this point. It is a shame that people feel they
>> have to withhold such a vital piece of information about how they work
>> and conduct themselves on a day-to-day basis. By leaving disclosure
>> until the very last second, we run the risk of the person receiving
>> the news in a negative way. Personally, if there is no space to
>> disclose on a CV or application, I send an accompanying cover letter
>> which gives me a chance to describe my disability, what it means to me
>> and what sets me apart from other candidates for the job. In my
>> opinion, saying nothing or just turning up to an interview with a cane
>> or dog, surprising your interviewer is not only discourteous, it's an
>> opportunity lost to describe the positive aspects of your disability.
>> This frame of mind depends on a positive view of being blind/visually
>> impaired. If you view it negatively, it is natural to wish to hide it.
>> My disability is part of what has shaped me as a person and the
>> thought of hiding it, even if it were possible, feels unpleasant.
>> Still, we're all different and disability can mean different things to
>> different people.
>> Very best wishes,
>>> On 7/26/19, Jorge Paez via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> I’m totally blind so, there’s kinda an automatic disclosure the moment I
>>> walk in the room.
>>> That said, for phone interviews, I never ever disclose my blindness.
>>> The only time I ever mentioned it was once when I was applying to work
>>> a missing child non profit because I was afraid that my job might’ve
>>> included looking at pictures which it did.
>>> Other then that though I don’t disclose on the phone, and like I said
>>> face to face interviews my presence is an automatic disclosure.
>>>> On Jul 26, 2019, at 3:18 PM, Emmanuelle Lo via NABS-L
>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
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>>>> Hi everyone,
>>>> Hope you all are having a great summer.
>>>> I applied for a part time job at my college's library and just found
>>>> today that they want to do a phone interview. The application just
>>>> consisted of a resume, so other than the fact that my work experience
>>>> includes working at a camp for blind and visually impaired youth, I
>>>> haven't yet disclosed my disability. Since it's not an in-person
>>>> interview, my blindness won't be obvious unless it comes up during the
>>>> interview. Do you have any suggestions for how/when I should handle
>>>> disclosure? Any general job interview tips would also be appreciated,
>>>> since this is really my first official job interview.
>>>> Thank you, and happy weekend!
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