Disabled People and their jobs -3
What kind of jobs can blind people have and get? That question comes up every so often at a networking meeting. That is when people aren’t ‘scared’ to approach and talk to me. I simply start naming off some of the people and their disabilities and what they do;
Frank Vance – Director of Rehabilitation at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Frank has been here for more than a decade and is an absolute joy to work with. His primary job is directing the rehabilitation training program at ACBVI. He’s been blind for nearly 3 decades.
Stevie Wondar and Ray Charles, professional entertainers, and think no one would ever believe that these 2 let their disability hold them back from anything they accomplished. Gold records, Grammy’s, #1 songs/albums, popular live shows. And both blind as abat.
Jennifer Johnson Aspergers but a wonderful research assistenat for me during the writing of my book ‘One is too Many: Recognizing & Preventing Workplace Violence’. And she continues to help out and research WPV incidents for me.
Eric Winemiller motivational speaker. This youngman has accomplished a lot in his life. Namely he climbs mountains as well as being a motivational speaker. He is out there in public view and does juse fine without his vision.
And now as a salute; How about all of the wounded warriors that have come home from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, & soon to be Syria. They are coming back with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Synbdrome), lost limbs, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s), lost hearing, vision, and numerous other issues. They are paralyzed from the chest/waist down and can’t move well. Yet they continue to go to work and prove themselves valuable to to America.
One of these is Corey Rimsberg, a veteran I met a couple of months at an ASIS Intl meeting. He can barely talk andhas many months, if not years, of rehab left to go. But he is pushing thru and will become an inspiration as well as as someone who can help contribute to the country in some way doing work he knows and loves.
The disabled person doesn’t necessarily have a stigma attached to them. The disability isn’t contagious, although I’ve seen that reaction from hundreds of people – including family members of friends. All they, and I, want is to work and provide for ourselves and our families. And for many of us it’s being dismissed.
It’s amazing that, from well wishers and family members, we get the attitude ‘That’s a good blind person, you want to go to work. That’s so good for you’. Sometimes I feel like I should roll over and let them rub my tummy!
Give us a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised at what we can do for you and your company.
I have a ton of good luck. And the harder I work the more I have of it.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. He has spent 31 years in the field and despite going blind in 2003, he still writes, blogs, and appears in the media as an expert. He has written 2 books, more than 2 dozen articles, and a twice weekly blog since going blind.