Maureen Pranghofer

Dec 5, 2019

Maureen Pranghofer smiles for the camera in a yellow blouse

People talk about the things, especially websites, that aren’t accessible. They wish it was easier to get a job when you have a disability. But we have come along way from where we were.

A snapshot of where we were is clearly visible for those people, like me, who are in their mid to late 60’s and older. It looked then like this back then.

I had an excellent resume with good clinical and intern experience in my chosen field of music therapy. But when my dog guide and I walked into a place that was hiring, the gentleman who spoke to me barely glanced at my resume and said, “How did you get dressed?” All he could see was that I looked nice, and had gotten myself in the door and how I functioned at all as a low vision person was a mystery.

Going for an interview for a social work internship 12 years later when I asked the receptionist if someone could walk me to the office where I needed to go she picked up her phone and said to my potential boss, “There’s a little blind girl here who needs help.” Of course, I didn’t get that internship.

Fast forward to now. WeCo Accessibility Services, who hired me as a Sr. Client Specialist, is just one company who hires professionals with disabilities. The trend is changing, slowly, and companies are seeing the value of hiring disabled workers.

So, if you get discouraged about the state of things, think of how it used to be and how much better it is now. That realization will give all of us the energy to keep moving forward.

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