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.
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