That’s right, people with disabilities like blindness are good for your brain!
Can you imagine living with the knowledge that something as simple as meeting a friend for lunch could put you at risk for physical injury, triggering past trauma, or the humiliation of not making it to the bathroom? Any one of those events could prevent you from returning to work for the afternoon, which would cut into your income and damage your reputation as a valuable employee.
Imagine, then, how wheelchair and mobility technology has changed since this landmark law was written more than 3 decades ago. Imagine how features like motorization, carry capacity, body size accessibility, and other aspects of wheelchair and mobility aid construction must have changed. And now think about how that might change things like turning radius, the need for accessible outlets, ramp, hallway, and doorway width requirements. What does “wheelchair-accessible’ even mean anymore?
“Does this cane work with my outfit?”
“Viewers” who are blind or visually impaired…I love the irony there!
“We’re blind to our blindness. We have very little idea of how little we know. We’re not designed to know how little we know.” — Daniel Kahneman
I like to think of it as contributing to the overall evolution of my culture into one of inclusivity. It takes time, time I’m willing to invest up front, for people to adapt internal belief scheme to one of total inclusivity.
It’s legal,, awkward, and concerning. I worry my answer might label me a burden instead of an asset to the company. But on the other hand, accommodations can often be expensive, bulky, time consuming, or even compromise the integrity of a work process. Answering is a challenge when I can see the issue from both sides.
Dear reader (I hope you hear that in Lady Whistledown’s voice), your favorite blindfluencer is so glad to be back writing to you again. She asks that you exercise a creative hobby today, be it writing, art, Minecraft construction, woodcraft, or any number of other delightful pastimes.
I hope to share with you soon the process I’ve gone through to win this case because I imagine that I’m not the only blind or disabled person out there who, when faced with their first serious legal challenge to disability accommodations, has absolutely no idea what to do about it.