[nfbmi-talk] Matter of Oppinion

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Thu Apr 7 11:47:52 UTC 2011

Again right on Fred.

And the only time a disability needs to be declared at all is when one asks 
for a reasonable accommodation such as information in accessible format or 
adaptive aids to do ones job once hired.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Fred wurtzel" <f.wurtzel at comcast.net>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 1:28 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Matter of Oppinion

> 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,
> Fred
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org]
> On Behalf Of Larry D. Keeler
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 11:53 AM
> To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List
> 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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