| ||Ask HN: Would you hire a blind software engineer?|
18 points by kolanos on Jan 7, 2016 | hide | past | favorite | 15 comments |
|This question might sound strange at first. Who wouldn't hire a software engineer who was skilled regardless of their disability, right?|
But it's a little more tricky than that. Or so it seems, as I'm a blind software engineer.
Some quick background...I've been working as a software engineer for ten years now. I'm blind in my right eye and only have central vision in my left eye. I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa when I was 16, I'm now 33.
It hasn't been easy to find work as a software engineer. I started noticing a trend a few years ago. As my sight got worse, the fewer job interviews resulted in a hire. Prior to this trend I was very good at job interviews, for a while I got a job offer for every one I interviewed for. So when it started to become more difficult to turn a job interview into a job I started to get a bit self-conscious. For a while I tried to hide my blindness from the interviewer -- the fake it until you make it approach. Which didn't work very well to say the least. Then I would only bring up my blindness in person, so at least if they gave me a chance I could prove myself. But even that is starting to wear thin.
I now find myself looking for work again. And it's as daunting as ever. So I'm here looking for advice. Are there any blind engineers out there that have found a way to break through the stigma? If you're in a position to hire software engineers/developers, what would you expect from a candidate who happens to be blind? What would help or hurt their chances?
Thanks in advance.
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