The biggest challenges I’ve had to overcome in my career include being in roles that don’t maximize or take advantage of my skills; supervisors worrying about how I would handle writing about politics since I spent my life in sports; and covering topics that are in conflict with my political beliefs.
You’ll notice that none of these challenges have anything to do with the fact that I have cerebral palsy. They’re just the ordinary challenges of a working professional.
Of course, I have also had to deal with others’ perception that I socialize differently, and thus need to be treated with kid gloves (note: I don’t). And there are lots of other misconceptions, like because I can’t communicate verbally I must use sign language, or that people should speak to me using my static communication board rather than simply talking. Please, just talk.
This is part of why I’m grateful to work for a company like DiversityInc, which has such an open and empowering environment. I have colleagues and supervisors who not only see my talent (rather than my disability), but also are reflective and open to my moderate political beliefs. Although I worry about being typecast as just a journalist, I’m glad to have an opportunity to work alongside colleagues with whom I can share my full range of personality, from the top of the company on down.
I’m proud that I am able to do smart, diligent work, that has an edge, furthers societal dialogue, and maintains my sense of humor. Frank Kineavy Staff Writer, DiversityInc
I have also reached numerous milestones over my career, including having a piece trend on Apple News and being asked to organize a video shoot at EY highlighting their employment program for people on the Autism spectrum. I don’t know what’s next, but I know it’ll be even bigger and better.
Good journalists are curious and add value to a conversation, and I’m proud that I am able to do smart, diligent work, that has an edge, furthers societal dialogue, and maintains my sense of humor.