[AI] behaviour of my superior

Shadab Husain shadabhsn at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 03:04:07 EDT 2010


Thanks Rajesh sir for your email.

People must understand that independence does not mean that a totally blind 
person can move around without the help of passers-by. Independence, in my 
opinion, rather means to shake off the bashfulness and needless fears which 
blindness brings with it.

Had I been in Mr Shah's place, I would have told my boss about my journeys 
without telling him about the risk I am exposed to and without telling him 
that I sometimes take assistance from people around.

Call me a disloyal employee if you wish. I try to be loyal to my work and 
not to any insensitive person.

I am curious to know that what role the Corporate Social Responsibility can 
play in this case. Shadab

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Asudani, Rajesh" <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: [AI] behaviour of my superior


I believe aisha, Vamshi  and others who are championing independent 
mobility in all circumstances particularly in the new surroundings, are 
partially sighted and not totally blind.

While it is good to have mobility skills, I am afraid they would not enable 
a totally blind person to navigate all alone in all surroundings without 
undue risk.

I challenge mobile partially sighted to blindfold themselves and come to 
Nagpur for BGFI convention in nagpur on october 2nd, and 3rd, reach the 
venue and we shall have a fruitful discussion on all issues.....

Rajesh

-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in 
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of aisha sahani
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 8:27 AM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: Re: [AI] behaviour of my superior

I can sympathise with this gentalman, but I guess, his  boss was not
wrong either.

if you say that you are equally competent to go there, why is this all fuss?

You have learned  to work  on computer with assistive technology
because it was not possible for you to do it in general way.

Do you think someone would have given you the job if you have asked
them to provide a human operator to read your screen instead of you
using the assistive technology?

Similarly, you should have acquired the independent mobility skills in
order to go there.
Even i would have not sent you if I were the boss.

I know, it was tuff luck, but  you can always count me in amongst your
well wishers.

Aisha sahani.




On 9/27/10, Vamshi G <gvamshiai at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes, I agree with Vasu and Geetha.  Being dependent is not a sin or crime,
> but being independent is definitely an essential requirement when one goes
> to a  new environment.
>
>
> Regards,
> Vamshi G
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> R: +91 877 2243861
> Skype: gvamshi81
>
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> From darkness unto light
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Srinivasu
> Chakravarthula
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 7:36 AM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in; Geetha Shamanna
> Subject: Re: [AI] behaviour of my superior
>
> Why is not a problem, if someone do not have mobility skills? Yes,
> saying is easy that someone can holh his hand, why should someone has
> to invest time to hold him all the time? While we talk about equal
> opportunities, when there is possibility, why not we should have
> skills of independence?
>
> On 9/26/10, namdeo2000 <jadhav.namdeo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't understand what you are talking. If he is not good at his 
>> mobility
>> so what? Only because somebody will have to hold his hand  and guide him,
> he
>> should be deprived of this opportunity? Being not able to move about
>> independently and to be an expert technocrat have no connection
> whatsoever.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Geetha Shamanna" geetha at millernorbert.
>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:35 PM
>> 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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>
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