Hiring the disabled into security
March 20, 2013
Far too many people think that this is just not a good idea. And why, because most of them believe or think that we can’t do much of anything but be a pest and ask for expensive ‘accommodations’ or special treatment. That is the one thing that is the farthest from our minds.
If you really want to be able to get those of us that are disabled, then hire us into security and see how good we can be. Granted, there are many jobs within the field that aren’t suited for those who are disabled. A blind person, like me, can’t watch CCTV monitors or check ID’s at the main gate, but there are things I can do, such as type, teach, and consult.
So what are some of the jobs that a disabled person can’t do? Here is a short list of them. And while this is by no means a definitive list, it’ll give you the idea of what I’m saying.
- Access Control if you’re blind
- Walking a patrol if you’re in a wheelchair
- Making patrols in a noisy factory with moving equipment if you’re deaf
- Front desk duty if you’re mute
Those are a few of them. Do you really think that someone who is blind can’t work at the front desk? How about a person in a wheelchair working at a central monitoring station. Possibly the deaf person working in the same place? In Arizona, the only restriction is placed on us by the companies that could hire us – unless you can get a license you can’t go to work and DPS (Dept. of Public Safety) doesn’t help much
As for us wanting expensive equipment or a reason to sue a company for a huge payday or something like that it’s simply not true. All we want to do is work and we expect the same as every other employee you may have. Respect, plain simple respect and nothing more.
No special accommodations, no special treatment, and definitely not hundreds of thousands of dollar’s worth of equipment if we want it for the ease of doing our job. Do we need special equipment to do our jobs effectively and efficiently? Of course we do! But that kind of equipment is few and far between. And the government will help you pay for it, if for no other reason than to get us off the rolls of social security!
By simple courtesy, and speaking from a blind persons POV, tell me if you’re going to do something at my desk or work station. In other words, if you borrow my stapler put it back where you got it and tell me you’re going to take it. If you move my coffee cup to put something in front of me, let me move it or tell me where it’s placed, spilling a cup of coffee, soda, or even water isn’t what we want to do.
As is common in most offices, you can’t leave filing cabinets open in an aisle with a blind person, especially at or above waist level. That can be very uncomfortable for us, after we walk into it. The same goes for items placed in the aisle for whatever reason. If we’re not expecting trash cans to be there, then we may trip over it and break our nose (not to mention pride).
So do you not ask your co-workers if they want a cup of coffee when you head to the pot? Of course you do, so ask us as well. What about lunch or dinner? We may want to order out too.
As a blind person or anyone else who is disabled, treat us the same as you do any other person. I get irritated with people who tread on egg shells around me, because they’re afraid of offending me. I tell as many blind jokes as the next person and I laugh about them! Don’t be embarrassed around us.
How do you expect kids to learn how to respond and react around those who are disabled if you don’t know how? You can’t. Therefore our kids grow up and are embarrassed and don’t know how to act and most of the time will act badly simply because they don’t know any better. And who’s to blame? Just like with violence in our schools, the parents.
There are disabled people out there who want nothing better than to sue a company for everything they can get for the slightest little bit if dis-respect. Or they want thousands of dollars of accommodations made in walls, floors, bathrooms, and the like before they start work or shortly thereafter. Your HR Managers should be able to weed those people out quickly enough, and just like with most things, this is not the norm.
Most of us who go blind later in life have a wealth of experience and knowledge we want to share. We want to help safeguard lives and property as well as anyone does so let us try. You may be surprised what that disabled person in your office can do! I can almost guarantee you that you won’t find a better employee, a s long as the job fits the person.
Today’s Training LLC is ready and willing to assist you in hiring those who may be disabled in any fashion. Give us a call if you have a question 480-251-5197