I am not blind, but I have limited vision. I can see well enough to ride a bike, for instance, but not well enough to drive. I can read large type and I use a computer by enlarging the screen. However, I can't read small or medium print, or see clearly enough to complete a standard job application. Thus, I do better if I can access an on-line or...
I am not blind, but I have limited vision. I can see well enough to ride a bike, for instance, but not well enough to drive. I can read large type and I use a computer by enlarging the screen. However, I can't read small or medium print, or see clearly enough to complete a standard job application. Thus, I do better if I can access an on-line or electronic app (could even be a scanned copy of a regular application on CD, that I can enlarge and complete and shrink back to normal size) or take the app home to have someone read and record my responses, and I sign it..
Recently, a major employer indicated that they were hiring. I requested an application and they handed me a regular app. I politely mentioned that I have difficulty seeing and asked if it would be possible to come back and get a 'vision-friendly' application or an electronic version, and explained that I'm visually impaired. I asked if I could 'come back later' so that the employer could have some time to make up a vision-friendly version. (I try to accommodate others, just as others accommodate me)
They told me that three wasn't one, there was no other form but that one, and that I had to complete the form on site. I then asked if there was someone who could assist me with the process, and I would be happy to set up a time for another day if it wasn't convenient right then. I was told 'No, the application has to be completed individually.' I explained that all I was asking was for someone to read the questions aloud, and record my responses in the spaces as I gave them. I was still denied. The position I was seeking was not heavily sight dependent, and what vision-heavy tasks there were could have been accommodated with a normal computer, just like I 'm doing here. Thus, the application on CD, where I could load it, enlarge the screen so that I can see and answer the questions, then shrink it down to normal size for printing would solve the problem just fine. Denied again, even when I offered to complete the app on site in this manner. Thus, I was effectively denied a chance to apply for the job, in my take on it, simply because of my vision. I refuse to call myself disabled; I'm just a person who needs extra help to see, and I just do things a bit differently because of my low vision. Yet, that's exactly the term used for people with 'deficits' of all kinds, whether it be mobility, vision, hearing, etc. Nonetheless, I hate the term. All of us, while alive, are able to do SOMETHING-- even if it's just smiling and making someone else happy. We are only truly disabled when we can no longer do anything at all. We call that being 'DEAD'. I am not there yet!
Does this sound like discrimination under ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)?