[access-uk] Re: OT political correctness gone mad?

Hi, sorry, I'll be quick.

This interests me, as a job seeker who is battling to get application forms, for vacancies, in accessible formet. That is, electronic format. I'm amazed how a lot of organisations dont' do this and say to me "We're currently trying to set up applications in electronic format..." Why try? aren't the apps form "created" by computer in the first place? So wouldn't they be stored on a server somewhere? How is it so hard to supply a person, a V.I. person particularly, an application form in electronic format. I'll spare you the details on why i can't fill in a standard hard copy form in. However, it just amazes me how employers don't seem to be capable of doing this.

Plus, sometimes, when I do get an app form on the computer, for some reason, it won't show properly. The latest app form I've got on the PC here has, strangely blocks blacked out areas. That's the best way of describing them. It's thankful I've got speach on here as, that can detect any words that are current in the midst of this blackout, lol. I've had to try and manipulate the text so I can move it away from these er... strange blackout areas so I can type the responses in. No, I can't really type blind unfortunately. The blackouts don't appear when you print preview the app form though.

So, the councils (local and regional) seem to have got this issue right. Shame about the rest.

Just thought you'd be interested. Feel free to write privately if you have wanna no more about my app form experiences. *smile*

Justin

----- Original Message ----- From: "kevin and emma" <kream@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [access-uk] OT political correctness gone mad?



personally i found this brief article quite funny! just use your
imagination. taken from the thesun.co.uk

By DAVE MASTERS
COUNCIL chiefs are offering special job application forms for wannabe
dustmen - who are BLIND.

Officials have Braille packs for hopefuls going for the £18k-a-year position
in Tower Hamlets, London.


The vacancy - which closes on Friday - is posted on their official website,
where you can order the prints if the large text version still isn't clear
enough.


It says the successful candidate will be expected to 'assist the driver of
the vehicle by ensuring that appropriate safety measures are in place and
monitoring is undertaken whilst the collection process is in progress.'

It goes on: "We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates
regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or age."

A spokesman for the dustmen's union Unison said: "We recognise it would be
unlikely that a blind person would take on a job of this type.

"It seems to be just a standard part of any recruitment forms with the
authority."

But Bill Alker, of the RNIB, praised the council. He said: "I am partially
sighted and was employed as a dustman.

"I was good at the job and enjoyed doing it. Councils are doing the right
thing by having job application forms in Braille and others should follow
suit.


Kevin - co-owner/moderator of the blind gamers discussion list contact me via email/msn: kream@xxxxxxxxxxxx


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