Is there a glass ceiling?
By Donna J. Jodhan
This is a question that continues to be asked and has been asked over the
last many years. Several blind employees along with those working in the
field of employment for those who are blind have raised this question and so
now I ask it once more. I am not sure if I have the answer but I can only
I do not have any stats on hand to provide in support of my opinion but it
is my respectful belief that indeed; there is a glass ceiling in the
employment place for blind persons. Rightly or wrongly, it seems to exist
and there could be several contributing factors to this. I’ll proffer some
of my own perspectives and invite you to comment and discuss.
Before sharing my opinions on this somewhat sensitive subject, I will define
what I mean by the term glass ceiling. It is the term used to describe the
maximum level to which a blind person can be expected to rise in their
company of employment. IE, expectation on the part of the blind employee
and expectation on the part of management.
Undoubtedly, there are some very competent blind persons who have and
continue to make their mark in the workplace but there are artificial
barriers that continue to prevent them from breaking through the so-called
glass ceiling. Factors such as:
A hesitation on the part of management to recognize the potential of those
blind employees who do indeed show potential.
Technological barriers that either prevent or encumber the progress of a
The hesitation or unwillingness of some coworkers to be open minded to the
potential of their fellow blind coworkers.
A lack of proper or adequate training for blind employees which if
available, could greatly help to increase their chances of breaking through
the glass ceiling.
A possible attitude on the part of a blind employee that there does indeed
exist a glass ceiling.
All of these factors could be described as artificial barriers and are
fixable in many ways. The technology factor or barrier may be the most
difficult to tackle but once recognized, it too can be dealt with.
These are just my thoughts for the day.
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