[AI] Disclosing disability in CV

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Mon Apr 26 01:06:24 EDT 2010

Hi Sameer
In my opinion, We should invariably disclose our disability, because reservation or not, it is a relevant factor.
If employers gloss over our explicit disclosure, we may point them to it, and take them to task for undue surprise.
I think we should disclose it in general information section along with a sentence or two conveying our abilities despite disability and maybe about alternatives we employ to do the same tasks in a bit different manner.

However, I am quite apprehensive about employment opportunities of totally blind or other 100% disabilities.
The incident which keeps gnawing at my heart mind and soul, if we possess one, is when I was explicitly denied the job of lecturer in Government law college by MPSC interview panel because there was no reservation, and they had the audacity to say to my face that I won't be able to correct the papers and notebooks of their students  due to my 100% visual inability. I tried to make them reasonable and convince them of other alternative means of doing such things, and also brought to their notice that there are hundreds of blind lecturers throughout India, but all without avail.
Now, legally speaking also, maharashtra government has not identified any post of lecturer except music for blind, and we are sitting helpless, doing nothing about it.
Of course, I am carried away by my personal experiences beyond scope of your original mail, Sameer, but I do call upon all and any totally blind persons in Maharashtra who are qualified and have appeared for interview of lectureship or have got it to share their experiences.


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Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 1:26 PM
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Subject: [AI] Disclosing disability in CV

Dear Friends,

We recently had a discussion on whether we should disclose our disability
during the ongoing national census. I wish to know the members' viewpoints
on disclosure of disability in job interviews in cases where there is no

I seek the members' views on the following queries.

  1.. Whether we should disclose our disability in the CV sent to
prospective employers, job consultants or posted on various job portals?
  2.. In case we decide to disclose our disability in the CV, where should
it be disclosed? Assuming the CV has 4 sections - General Information,
Educational record, work experience & salary details, where should the
disability be disclosed & in what manner?
  3.. In case we are called for a job interview, should we check in advance
whether the company will be willing to consider us inspite of our
disability? This query is more relevant in case we have not disclosed our
disability in the CV since some blind friends who had not disclosed their
blindness were refused permission even to appear for the interview when they
reached the employer's office. Also, it has been observed that inspite of
disclosing disability, interviewers tend to skip over the information & they
are surprised when they realize the interviewee is blind.

Seeking the learned members views on the above queries.


Mr. Sameer Latey,
Mumbai, India

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