Voices from The Pandemic

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Being Visually Impaired in the Pandemic, Nevada

Interviewer: As someone who cannot see, do you think you are experiencing this pandemic differently from other people?

Interviewee: Oh, I think so, because I have to trust other people not to get invade the space that I like to keep a distance around myself. And some people, if Dakota isn't with me, like when I go in to see a doctor, he has to wait out the car or sit outside somewhere.

And I have a hard time trusting that people are actually doing what they need to do to not only protect themselves, but to protect me. And I can't see if people are stepping too close to me when if we're in a line and we've had to be in lines a couple of times and I get real nervous about it.

[interviewee giving example of what they say to partner] 'Dakota, can we step away and make sure there's six feet here?'

And so that's hard for me to just relax and trust whoever I'm with or trust the people who are around me. 

How Work Has Changed, CEO in Washington State

Interviewer: Have you had any realizations about work or work culture since this began?

Interviewee: Oh... oh yea... my biggest one actually is... every employer that ever said they could not accommodate an employee is a liar. Because we just literally accomodated entire organizations to freely work from home and build the schedule that works best for you and your family because your kids are home from school. And that was a big one I told my team, like "Hey, we're gonna have to think about accomidations differently from now on. Like, you can't get salty if someone wants to work from for two days out of the week... like... we literally have done it for two months."