October 10, 2021

Disabled People and their jobs

Written by Robert D. Sollars

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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;

• Angela Paulson, a wonderful and true girlfriend. She is in the process of starting her own audio production company. She’s done several commercials for me in the past and she is very good at what she does…never letting anything get in her way of doing her jobs for clients. She perseveres more than sighted people do and never gives up trying.

• Frank Vance – Director of Rehabilitation at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Frank has been there for more than two decades 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 four decades himself.

• Ronnie Millsap, a professional country & western singer with some of the greatest hits of the late 70s & early 80s, is one of my favorites, no one would ever believe that he let his disability hold him back. Gold records, Grammy’s, #1 songs/albums, popular live shows. And blind as a bat.

• Robert Branco hosts a weekly sports talk show and a podcast with interesting guests weekly. He also hosts trivia games and weekly phone chats on the telephone. He does have assistance but…does most of the work by himself, including booking the guests for all three of the shows.

• Eric Winemiller motivational speaker. This young man has accomplished a lot in his life. Namely, he climbs mountains, such as Mt. Shasta & Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as being a motivational speaker. He is out there in public view and does just fine without vision.

• 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 Syndrome), 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 America…us.
One of these is Corey Remsberg, a veteran I met several years ago at an ASIS International Phoenix Chapter meeting. He still has many years of rehab left to go. But he is pushing thru and will become an inspiration as well as someone who can help contribute to the country and society.
The disabled person doesn’t necessarily have a stigma attached to them, except by society at large. The disability isn’t contagious, although I’ve seen that reaction from hundreds of people, including family members or 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 like a cute little puppy pooch.
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.
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