Re: another jaws and job question

  • From: Michael Arnowitt <foodsong@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:48:04 -0500

Hi Jamie,

The now retired road crews dispatcher here in Vermont was totally blind. His name is Ray Burke and he was quite a character, appearing on the radio every day in the morning as the "Roads Scholar" to tell people which highways around the state were having road construction that day. (Of course, his main job was communicating with the construction crews from a central dispatching office.) He and his wife are also dairy farmers, and he also plays amateur saxophone in a group Ray and the Hit-Kickers. (Hope Jaws read that last bit to you cleanly.)

However, I doubt Ray kept track of road crews dispatching jobs with a computer. I think I heard he had a fantastic memory, and possibly he used Braille to deal with the rest. A 911 situation would obviously require more technology, but I would think there would be lots of dispatching jobs such as for public transportation systems of various kinds, where Jaws would do just fine.

If you are in the USA, the Americans with Disabilities Act may come into play to support you if you have a need to use adaptive technology or adjust your working conditions to do a job. I don't know all the ins and outs of it but basically the gist of it as I understand it is that you can ask for small accommodations and they can't turn you down, but when they start getting more major (working from home might fall in that category), they can refuse. The ADA also has a special section that applies to educational institutions such as colleges.


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