Employment for the Blind
Whether you work from home, are a full time parent or have a traditional 9 to 5 job, there’s no doubt that having a job is an important part of life.
When we first meet someone, one of the first questions that will be asked is, “What do you do?” Of course we are talking about a job. Working becomes a part of your identity. We say, “I’m an electrician, a trash collector or a Mom. We don’t say I’m a good cook, play video games or watch TV.
Feeling good about what you do is a huge boost to self confidence and personal fulfillment. However finding that perfect job can be a time consuming and emotionally taxing challenge. You are trying to convince total strangers that you are worthy of an investment of their time and money. When you get turned down for a job, which will happen, it’s tough to deal with the rejection.
The following information and resources will help you get started finding the perfect job! There’s also help for keeping on track and remaining positive. You can do this!
What Can I Do?
This is the first question most people ask themselves. When you are blind or visually impaired, this question brings on new and different challenges. Ask yourself, “What would I do if I were sighted?” The answer to this question will be a stepping off point for further career exploration.
Applying For A Job
So you’ve figured out what it is you’d like to do. Congratulations! You’re making progress. Now it’s time to fill out the application. Is it available on-line? Can you pick it up and take it home? Will you need a reader? Should you ask for assistance in filling out the application? Do you put on the application that you’re blind or visually impaired?
Check out this page for helpful info on all these questions!
the Interview Process
Generally the application materials including application, resume’, references and credentials will be reviewed first. If all that looks good you will typically be invited to an interview. Depending on the company, the position and location you may be interviewed by phone or in person. Sometimes there may be a series of interviews. Whatever the circumstances it is important to be prepared!
You need to think about what to wear, how you’re going to get there, how to navigate the building, bringing up your blindness or visual impairment and of course selling your skills to actually get the job! Having a good strategy of how your going to handle the situation can help tons with keeping calm, cool and collected during the actual interview.
check out these links for interviewing tips: What to wear to the interview
You’ve got to figure out all the details of how you’re going to manage the nuts and bolts of the job. Will you need a screen reader, a live reader? A driver? You will first need to determine what exactly the job entails. Then you can explore different adaptations to accomplish the task. Keep in mind that accommodations aren’t always expensive and technical. Look for something that will be practical, reliable and inexpensive if it as all possible.
Accessibility in the workplace will help you figure out all the details.
There are definite advantages and disadvantages to self employment. There’s no doubt that it can be a fulfilling, productive and financially rewarding experience! Owning your own business takes lots of determination and perseverance. Sure the hours are flexible, however that doesn’t mean that you can loaf in your pajamas all day everyday. It is a job and requires you to work.
Stay At Home Parents
No discussion of employment should be without mention of people who choose to stay at home to raise their children. Parenting is a full time job all by itself. It’s not always an easy decision. The needs of the children, the desire to stay at home and financial concerns have to be carefully weighed.
Here are stories from real live blind people really living and working blind!