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Azar’s story

"I want to prove myself to employers."

I found it really hard looking for work. As much as I tried to hide my impairment, employers would always ask in interviews if I had a disability or if I’d be able to do the job. This made me so uncomfortable and I just didn’t know how to answer it.

I just got rejected again and again. I felt like the odds were being stacked against me because of my impairment.

I just wanted to give up. Because I couldn’t explain my impairment confidently, it made me feel like it was more of a weakness than a strength.

It felt like I was being judged and seemed like employers were thinking that a non-disabled person could do the job a lot better.

 

I felt like the odds were being stacked against me because of my impairment.
Azar
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Azar's story

There’s a real lack of awareness and understanding. This means that employers often don’t know or think about how to adapt to a disabled person’s needs. It needs to be a much more open environment where disabled people feel that they are able to talk about the adjustments that they need.

It’s so frustrating knowing that there a million disabled people like me who want to work but aren’t being given the chance. However, it makes me more determined to prove myself to employers and make them see that disability isn’t a weakness.

My impairment doesn’t define me. Cerebral palsy is not a weakness and with the right adjustments, I can succeed.