Does the glass ceiling really exist?
Let us be honest with ourselves and with each other for just a few seconds.
Does the glass ceiling exist for blind and visually impaired persons in the
workplace? My humble opinion? A resounding yes. True it is that there are
some employers out there who are genuinely desirous of wanting their blind
and visually impaired employees to rise as far and as high as they can in
their careers. However, there are too many others out there who either by
choice or unwittingly set the glass ceiling for their blind and visually
impaired employees. No shocker and no shaker.
The question of the day, is that if you agree that there is a definite glass
ceiling in the workplace for blind and visually impaired employees, why? Is
there a glass ceiling for persons with other types of disabilities? Is
there a glass ceiling for women? In my humble opinion, the answer to all of
these questions is yes and here are my thoughts on the matter.
I believe that the glass ceiling exists for us because of an attitude
barrier. There are those who honestly believe that we can fit in, that we
can hold up our end, and that we can honestly make a contribution to the
workplace but they are really outnumbered by those who honestly believe that
we are a hindrance rather than a help. They do not believe that we can make
a contribution and instead of dealing with their hang-ups, they choose to
place a glass ceiling over our heads. They are not prepared to lift this
glass ceiling any time soon so it is up to us to break it and how do we do
Not an easy task but it is doable. Through persistence, education, and
constant and continuous efforts on our parts. We need to show by example,
we need to develop constructive strategies, and we need to keep cool heads
as we go about our objectives. Things have improved over the past two
decades but not nearly enough. As a blind woman who has worked for some of
North America’s top companies, I have had the experience of seeing the glass
ceiling firsthand so I am speaking from experience.
I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
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