Meet Nadia, Communications Officer
Before starting at Life Without Barriers, Nadia found it difficult to tell employers about her disability.
Nadia has multiple disabilities, but you wouldn’t know it. Like many others, Nadia lives with a significant visual impairment that can’t be identified just by looking at her.
Though statistically she’s less likely to experience unconscious discrimination than those with a more visible disability, having an invisible disability presents with its own difficulties, Nadia says. Before working at Life Without Barriers, it was something she was often hesitant to disclose to employers.
“I have found it quite difficult with past employers to talk to about my visual impairment, as my roles have often required strong visual activity.
“As a writer I guess the expectation is that someone will have full vision. It’s for this reason I’ve struggled to tell my employers about my eyesight – because it doesn’t really impact my day to day work and performance, and I don’t want them to assume it will.
“It appears that I can see and that everything is OK. But in actual fact, I have no left visual field in both my eyes. I see everything smack bang, dead in half.”
Since starting at Life Without Barriers, Nadia says she has felt more relaxed when it comes to talking about her disability.
“It’s part of our daily bread, here at Life Without Barriers, so it feels more ‘normal’ to talk about it.
“People here are definitely more open-minded – they realise it’s just part of who we are as human, so it’s not classified as being ‘not normal or abnormal’. It’s the human condition.”
Despite this, Nadia says more can always be done to make workplaces completely accessible and inclusive for people with disability.
“It’s very common for organisations and businesses to just assume people can or can’t do certain things. Employers need to be open enough to ask people, especially those with disability, what their certain needs are.
“It’s important for employers to think about where they can add value to the daily life of someone with disability, and ask how they can better satisfy their needs through areas they identify as needing improvement.”
At Life Without Barriers, our doors are always open to people with disability. We are proud to be an accredited Disability Confident Recruiter through the Australian Network on Disability (AND). This means we are unequivocally committed to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are accessible to people with disability. If you’re interested in joining our team, sign up here to receive our job alerts.
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