A story by the CBC tells the tale of a Canadian woman who hasn’t let cerebral palsy slow down her career as a structural engineer.
Julia Halipchuk started her career search looking for a job in the field that was an office position. The reason was her cerebral palsy, which makes her walk with a limp and restricts the use of her right hand.
She was worried that she would be unsafe working on job sites due to her condition. However, due to her skills, she kept getting hired for jobs that required her to be on-site.
Luckily for her, her supervisors have been very accommodating. They say that working around her condition is no different than working with someone who has a fear of heights.
Halipchuk has also developed a way to climb low ladders by hooking her arm around the rungs in a particular way to stay safe. If the ladder is too tall or too vertical, she’ll ask a coworker to do that part of the job.
Some companies are afraid to hire people with disabilities because they aren’t sure they could do the job. However, if companies are willing to make reasonable compromises, many people who were born with a serious condition can still be a productive member of society and a valuable employee.