PEAT asked Sassy Outwater-Wright of Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired: If you were riding in an elevator with a Fortune 500 CEO, what’s your pitch for why hiring people with disabilities is important to their company?
You are hiring somebody with a diverse skillset that you can’t find anywhere else. My blindness isn’t just a disability, it is my skillset. It has taught me to be more diplomatic, to problem-solve and think on my feet, to be innovative, to be creative, and that’s just to go to the grocery store to pick up groceries. So when you hire me, you hire an incredible skillset and a different set of diversity than you can find with any other candidate. Plus, I’m just good at my job.