Let Them Do the Hiring

Slide3Your blind or visually-impaired student probably knows best what they need from a reader. You will save yourself a hassle and prevent frustration by allowing your student/researcher to conduct the interview and hiring process themselves. Furthermore, I believe it is very important to give the student the right to fire readers who are not effectively performing their responsibilities. I and other blind students have had the experience of being assigned readers who are simply not suited for the job, or who do not take their work seriously. I have heard stories about students going to the disabilities office to complain and being effectively told, “This is what we’ve given you, take it or leave it.”

The purpose of readers is to give sight-impaired students the same access to academic materials as sighted students. If the reader is not able to accomplish this (by lack of effort/investment, unreliability of schedule, lack of English fluency, etc.), a disabled student should be able to talk to the disabilities office, without the fear of appearing demanding or ungrateful, about hiring a replacement.

The purpose of readers is to give us the same access to academic materials as sighted students. If the reader is not able to accomplish this (by lack of effort/investment, unreliability of schedule, non-flency in English, etc.), a disabled student should be able to talk to the disabilities office about hiring a replacement without the fear of appearing demanding or ungrateful.

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