[AI] behaviour of my superior

Srinivasu Chakravarthula srinivasu at srinivasu.org
Fri Sep 24 12:29:02 EDT 2010


Agree with you Geetha totally.

On 9/24/10, Geetha Shamanna <geetha at millernorbert.de> wrote:
> The situation here in England is very different. The government pays for
> support workers and assisted travel, and the employer does not have to bear
> the support worker's travel costs. But asking for an assistant in India whom
> one can take along to the US at the cost of the employer sounds a little
> far-fetched. And excessive dependence on colleagues is not desirable.
>
> It is true that Mahesh deserves to go since he is the most qualified and the
> most senior person. It is also true that employers should not discriminate
> based on blindness. We can have laws passed against it and have the media
> write all it can in our favour. Still, for attitudes to change, we have to
> be more independent and forthcoming. Building awareness is a difficult and
> long-winded process; we have to do our bit by trying to lead more
> independent lives  as far as possible.
> Geetha
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Viraj Kafle" <vkafle at gmail.com>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 4:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [AI] behaviour of my superior
>
>
> I second this. While it is always desirable that the VI people be as
> independent as possible, dependance itself should not be viewed as if it is
> a sin or a crime. One may depend on someone for mobility. But it by no means
> implies that one cannot do one's work properly or would inevitably fail to
> represent one's institution. I understand that people generally believe in
> the contrary, but that is precisely where the struggle is needed. As for the
> awareness versus intervention debate, I feel that the later is more
> desirable, because the fact that the employee is the most senior and the
> most qualified amply speaks of his qualities and capabilities and is
> sufficient to make people aware of the same. Of course, one has to be
> cautious and strategic in determining the course of action to be taken.
>
> Best.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mann, Madleen" <Madleen.Mann at rnib.org.uk>
> To: "Geetha Shamanna" <geetha at millernorbert.de>;
> <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:57 PM
> Subject: Re: [AI] behaviour of my superior
>
>
>> Dear Mahesh,
>>
>> I would be shocked about this too.
>>
>> I think it is perfectly normal to be guided by someone. Indeed here in
>> England people would probably try to ask for a support worker to fly
>> over to the states for a conference with them, just to avoid hassle and
>> to get the most out of the conference and the trip.
>>
>> I think it was fair enough that he asked you for a one to  one
>> communication but as you state you are the person who really should be
>> going there so please if at all possible don't withdraw your nomination
>> but show them how capable you are.
>> Maybe it's the opinion some people have but it is by all means not the
>> opinion they should have.
>> And as for the comments about accidents, they can happen to everyone not
>> just to you because you have no sight.
>>
>> Please update us on this
>> Best wishes,
>> Madleen Mann
>> RNIB Customer Sales and Support/Technology
>> 105, Judd Street
>> London
>> WC1H 9NE
>> t: 0207 391 23 08
>> E: madleen.mann at rnib.org.uk
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
>> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Geetha
>> Shamanna
>> Sent: 24 September 2010 16:05
>> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>> Subject: Re: [AI] behaviour of my superior
>>
>> Hi Mahesh,
>>
>> Please do not get me wrong for asking you these questions, but how
>> independent are you? Do you travel to work and move around within the
>> office
>> on your own? Do you use a white cane? Do you travel independently
>> outside
>> Pune on your own, be it for official or private purposes?
>>
>> The impression colleagues at work have of us blind people is to a large
>> extent dependent on the way we conduct ourselves. If a blind person
>> requires
>> assistance to move around within the office or to commute to work,
>> colleagues will always assume that blind people are dependent. It is not
>>
>> their fault entirely; that blind person in their office might be the
>> only
>> blind person they have come across in their whole existence.
>>
>> Instead of going to the press and publicising this issue, what is
>> probably
>> required here is for you to have a long and candid talk with your
>> superior
>> and try and convince him that you are capable of looking after yourself
>> during the US trip, and that you will not be excessively dependent on
>> the
>> colleagues traveling with you. You can also ask him to specifically list
>> out
>> his reservations; you can then  address them individually. If you have
>> traveled alone previously, tell him how you did so and how independently
>> you
>> dealt with the situation. It won't be easy, but each of us will have to
>> fight this battle on our own.
>>
>> Finally, if he is not sufficiently convinced and does not agree to send
>> you
>> to the conference, do not give up. Whenever opportunities to travel to
>> local
>> conferences or other events within Pune or other parts of India arise,
>> be
>> the first one to apply. He may not be averse to sending you to local
>> events;
>> so make full use of it and try to be as independent as possible during
>> these
>> events. You will then notice how your superior's impression of you
>> changes.
>>
>> Geetha
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Mahesh Shah" <mss447 at gmail.com>
>> To: "accessindia" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 5:45 AM
>> Subject: [AI] behaviour of my superior
>>
>>
>> Dear Friends--
>>
>> I am writing to this list after a long time. I wish to tell you an
>> incident happened in my office , which shocked me.
>>
>> Every year, a delegation goes from my office, C-DAC, to participate in
>> SuperComputing conference in USA. This year I put my self-nomination
>> for this. I am the most qualified and most senior person for the job.
>>
>> But my boss called me for a one-to-one discussion and informed me that
>> it will be 'embarrasing' to send a person (VI) like me in . the
>> delegation. Because I will require someone's support and will hold
>> someone's hand. Also if some accident happens to me because of my
>> disability, he and office will be hold responsible for why they sent
>> such a person.
>>
>> I was really shocked and upset with the behaviour. Then I withdrew my
>> nomination for participation in the conference.
>>
>> Friends, I want to show you that how these learned so-called superiors
>> fail to understand the VI peoples aspirations and behave in such a
>> nonsense way.
>>
>> Thanks for sharing my concerns.
>>
>>
>>
>> Mahesh Shah
>> Pune
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