The main thing that I was always concerned about before even applying for these

The main thing that i was always concerned about

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The main thing that I was always concerned about before even applying for these jobs and before going in to meet with these people I always felt personally like that was important for me to do because I always felt like I wanted them to know ahead of time. The couple of times I did go to an interview and I was in my wheelchair, people were uncomfortable. The following example suggests an alienation issue among some persons with dis- abilities. Joan s comments suggest that she does not feel socially accepted by the deaf community or the hearing community: I m hearing impaired; I don t fi t in the hearing world and don t fi t in the deaf world. There is a deaf culture, but the deaf society doesn t want [the] hearing impaired. All my life, I have tried to fi t into the hearing world, but you never do. Disability & Society 845
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Due to her disability, Joan cannot be socially active as stated: Disability is a pervasive barrier because I can t do everything I want to do. So until I completely master my disability, which I have not even come close to, I m not as out- going or as social as I would be. These chronicles provide an informed perspective for viewing employment expe- riences and social life. Their future plans and social lives were more or less mixed and suggested in various themes. The Nagi model of disability seems to illuminate the condition of disability and restriction of impairment. Participants employment experiences and their social lives are, however, better captured by social phenome- nological concepts (e.g. where or when the taken-for-granted assumption or thinking as usual does not work) and the social model of disability, probably because their experiences occur mostly in social contexts and are related to multiple interpersonal and organizational dynamics. Accessibility The issue of accessibility dominated many of the interviews. Accessibility was asso- ciated with feelings of being limited or at a disadvantage. Accessibility is a major factor affecting the chance to obtain gainful employment. Each participant told a story that illustrated an inability to access workplaces, buildings, and public transpor- tation. One participant in a wheelchair could not enter the interview site building because the building had stairs but no access ramp for a wheelchair: Not being able to fi nd the way into the building yes, the accessibility. The following comments concerning geographic accessibility came from two women with cerebral palsy: I think the hardest thing for me right now is feeling sort of geographically limited because of my disability. So I am sort of reluctant to move to any other city where I don t know what s out there in terms of accessible housing and transportation.
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