[nfbmi-talk] Matter of Oppinion

Fred wurtzel f.wurtzel at comcast.net
Wed Apr 6 17:28:31 UTC 2011

Hi larry,

your comments are right on.  I do not announce my blindness on the cover
letter, though I do include my Federation accomplishments on my resume.  I
do not want to let some screener's prejudices get between me and an
interview.  I, as you have expressed, have my reasons ready if the topic
arises, though it never has.  The woman in the commentary was a wacko.  I
feel no obligation to warn people of my blindness any more than a black
person or a woman or a short person or a person with red hair needs to feel
an obligation to declare their characteristics.  How about those hidden
disabilities, either inherited or self-inflicted?  Does the heroine addict
declare their addiction to their interviewer?  My blindness is far less
debilitting than addiction, yet it would most certainly rule me out of some
or many interviews.

Warm Regards,

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Larry D. Keeler
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 11:53 AM
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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Matter of Oppinion

I do wonder about folks who do practice to decieve.  In your message Joe,
the woman had no disability and therefor shouldn't be so raving mad.  If it
was a job for her and her wheelchair husband couldn't come visit, well,
that's her probblem!  My wife uses a chair and my daughter is deaf.  But if
it means making money, well, maybe they shouldn't be able to come to the job
sitee!  However, if I did get the job that doesn't mean that I wouldn't work
for accessibility within the job site.  Also, I don't believe that I should
hide the fact that I am blind but sometimes if I think it won't get me in
the door I don't mention it.  Two quick examples of this were at Eastern
Michigan University.  I took a lot of biology classes there with labs
included.  My practice was to sign up for the classes and then try to meet
with the proffessor before attending.  When I took embryology, I did this
and my proffessor let me in.  He was very scepitcal but he let me in anyway.
I did very well and was invited to take his masters level course.  So, I did
it again!  I signed up for an entomology class.  I met with the instructor
and he told me there was no way!  I was horrified!  "Well, I talked with him
and it would have been very difficult.  Sence a lot of the work used a
microscope.  I had used those things with an assistant before but I had
models and such that I could also have used in those classes.  I did aggree
not to take the class becaus of the extreme difficulty but the proffessor
actually did know me and knew I was capable of many things.  He felt that
sence a lot of the work was independent, I couldn't do it.  I did tell him
it was possible but I opted to take that masters level developmental biology
course instead.  I did very well in that thing as well!  I guess the point
is that everyone is different and that if you apply for a job or anything
else with a hidden agenda, don't be surprised if it gets called out.  And if
it does you should be able to explain yourself.  
Intelligence is always claimed but rarely proven!
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