Help Jo Grove Complete Her PhD!

Today on Nearsighted we are featuring a guest blog from visually impaired PhD candidate Jo Grove.

How does a 74-year-old, legally blind, African American woman living in Wisconsin hook up with the man voted the Best Disability Advocate of 2015 in the Bay Area? As usual, it’s all about who you know, and Belo knows my daughter, Dawn. Read More

Hiring Blind: Taking Adaptive Technology to Job Interviews

It was never tough for me to get a job when I was sighted. Even when I got laid-off from a start-up after the Dot Com bust, I was hired as a bartender, with no experience, at the first club I walked into with my pink slip. As a college student, I worked at a payroll advance company, customer service rep for equestrian products, and even at a pet shop — jobs I had never done before, but somehow managed to convince the decision makers to hire me during a recession. Read More

Jobs for People with Disabilities: How Companies Can Improve Inclusivity

As a recruiting manager staffing for clients such as Google and Apple, I was concerned about three things: experience, unemployment gaps, and the probability of the person becoming a long-term employee.

I interviewed few disabled candidates and rarely considered their job prospects. As a recruiter, I rarely debated if and how they would be able to perform the duties of a position. I soon found a new perspective — one that changed the way I viewed both the role of the recruiter and the place of people with disabilities in the job market. Read More