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The things people say...

Today I was talking to my room leader about being nearly finished with my Cert III and going on to paid employment. I mentioned that I was a little concerned that my vision impairment might turn potential employers off hiring me because having a legally blind person "watching" a group of kids might make people anxious. I said I understood this, but also that I felt the biggest issue would be that these potential employers wouldn't have had the opportunity to see me work, and to see how capable I am.

Anyway, the roomleader asked me the same two questions 100s of other people have asked me over the years, first, "Have you had this vision impairment all your life?", and second, "And there isn't anything you can do to make it better, like glasses or something?"

I really can't help but laugh... The first question is reasonable, and yes, I've been like this all my life (which is why you can't immediately tell when you first meet me that I have a vision impairment).

Seriously though, in answer to the second question. If there was something I could do to improve my vision, don't you think I would have done it by now? Especially if it was as simple as getting a pair of glasses. Why do people ask me this? Is it just to make conversation? Maybe, faced with something they can't relate to, they just don't know what else to say?

Ah, OMMMMMMMM, it'll be ok, someone will realise that I can do the work, that I've learned to work with my disability and that I'm a fully capable worker.

Comments

Jen said…
Did the room leader offer to write a letter of recommendation for you, stating how good you were working in the room? if not then I would definitely ring and ask for it :) . It will relieve your fears and sounds like she might be a good referree when going for interviews?
Sif said…
No, she didn't, lol. In fact, i was kind of hoping the people i've mentioned this to - her, my director, my teacher - might say, "Oh, no, i don't think that would be a problem, besides i'm happy to tell anyone you're very capable!". Instead, i've been getting serious thinking faces... I'm going to be speaking with a lady from an agency soon, and will ask her what she thinks (as she has no investment insugarcoating it for me, also going to ask how much i need to disclose...
Jen said…
hmm, I would think that they cannot discriminate against you due to the disability when going for interviews. What do your course advisors think? surely if you can pass the course with flying colours then that should show you are capable. Actually your round scores might be proof enough without a referral letter. You would not get good placement scores if you were unable to adequately look after the children ;)

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