It’s A Good News, Bad News Kind Of Thing

It’s A Good News, Bad News Kind Of Thing

Hmmm. Has it ever been a week.

First of all, for the past 2 days I have been doing new system deployments for a client. That went really well actually. You know it’s a good deployment when the biggest problem is that “It doesn’t look like it used to,” and, “I need my favorites.” Both were easily fixed and everyone is happy… for now ?? I told the customer to basque in the satisfaction from his employees enjoying their brand new machines, for the 5 minutes it will last until something brakes :-).

Also. A message to the UPS WorldShip Customer Service line. If you’re going to read from cuecards please, for the love of spam, at least read from the right set. If I tell you I have version 9 and you give me version 8 instructions it’s almost a sure bet we’re going to have a communication breakdown somewhere along the line. Nevertheless, 90 minutes, and 3 calls to tech support, later the software was running and the data was where it should be.

Today I got news about both jobs I’ve applied for.

The good news. I have moved on to phase 2 of the testing process for Kenosha. April 28th is the day of the written test which, “will begin promptly at 9:30 […] and may take up to two and one-half hours to complete.” Uh… Exactly what are they going to be testing on? I think just to be safe I’ll find some sort of condensed, Reader’s Digest, index of all human knowledge and memorize it.

And now… onto the news that makes my blood boil with indignation.

I won’t be getting the other job and it’s because of the reason I was afraid of. The guy actually admitted to a friend of mine that he didn’t interview me because I am blind. He also indicated the agency’s lawyer said that was acceptable and legal to do. I am so beyond pissed right now and it’s been like 2 hours since I got the information.

Whatever happened to judging a candidate on their qualifications and not your preconceived notions of how you could or couldn’t do the job if you had the same characteristic? And yes, I do use characteristic and not disability because I consider my blindness to be one. All be it annoying at times, but a characteristic nonetheless.

I can understand how a potential employer, colleague, or whatever wouldn’t know how a blind person could do the job. A lot of people I talk to don’t know how we do things as blind people. That’s fine, they don’t usually have to think about it. I have. I thought this through long and hard before considering it. (since I was like 16.) I just want a fair shot. A chance to convince them I’m qualified… that I’d be good at it. They can ask questions to learn how I’d do the job. I’d be happy to explain what accomodations I would need, and that the state vocational rehabilitation agency and not the employer is responsible for the costs of those accomodations. We tried the computer program that talks to me with the CAD software. It works. A light probe would tell me what nonemergency line is ringing (the 9-1-1 line has a pretty distinct ring so that’s easy enough to figure out). Braille labels on the paging console would take care of knowing which buttons drop which tones. My handheld reader can read anything that is typewritten that might come through on FAX or be handed to me or whatever. Am I missing something? Is it just too out of the realm of possibility to expect someone give me a chance? Is it really that much riskier to train me than anyone else? Just because you can’t see yourself doing the job as a blind person, does that mean I should be denied the opportunity to try?

ARGGGHHHHH!!!!!

I’m just so annoyed right now. I can’t see straight…

Shush! You know what I mean :-).

I guess it makes me even question the Kenosha thing. How do I know they aren’t just going through the motions because they know it’s illegal to disqualify someone based on a disability? Maybe they’re just jerking me around and have no intention of giving me serious consideration. Maybe I’m just being uber paranoid, but I can’t help thinking that way.

I know God has a plan. I just wish I could see it a little more clearly. I wish I wasn’t so furious and unsure of what to do. I wish they had just given me the opportunity to interview and asked their questions (okay, well they can’t unless I bring blindness up first, but I would have. I wanted this job enough that I would have convinced them I could do it.)

Okay… calming down now… sort of.

If I’m really nutso and/or just plain crazy someone please tell me.

In the meantime, I’m going to sleep.

Thanks for reading… sorry it wasn’t more interesting.