[Social-sciences-list] How and When to Let Prospective Employers Know About Vision Loss

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sun Apr 28 00:31:18 UTC 2013

This is the $64,000 question for blind people looking for 
jobs.  There isn't one fits all answer.  Some variables include the 
personality of the person, their experience, the field of endeavor, 
interview process, how much sight they may or may not have, etc.

If you tell too early then you may not be considered, and if you tell 
too late, the employer may feel tricked.  Some of us have no sight 
and can't try to act as sighted, some may be able to do 
that.  However, depending on the accommodations you may need, this 
may not be a good approach.

For me I usually don't tell initially, but bring it up before any interview.


At 05:20 PM 4/27/2013, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>   I am on the job market right now, and am wondering if others hear 
> could share when they noted their vision loss (e.g. during the 
> application, after the application but before the interview, during 
> the interview, after accepting the job...) with prospective 
> employers. Also, how did you approach the subject? In other words, 
> how did you let the  prospective employer know of your vision loss 
> (e.g., terminology used, how it was brought up...).
>Many thanks,
>Christine M. Szostak
>Doctoral Candidate and Research Consultant
>Language Perception Laboratory
>Department of Psychology, Cognitive Area
>The Ohio State University
>Columbus, Ohio
><mailto:szostak.1 at osu.edu>szostak.1 at osu.edu
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