Employment After Becoming Blind: Interview with Martin Alvarado, San
Sam Morales, Employment Director of VAIL
Martin Alvarado is a 36-year-old Hispanic male who
lives in San Juan, Texas. Alvarado is visually impaired. Alvarado
came to the Valley Association for Independent Living (VAIL) in
Pharr, Texas, for employment services. He stated that he had previously
worked as a driver at a nursing home, but due to his vision problems,
he could no longer do that type of work. Alvarado said he would
be interested in doing light duty work such as janitorial or cleaning
work, preferably something indoors.
Alvarado was instructed on job searching strategies
and was advised on proper interviewing techniques and appropriate
dress attire for interviews. VAIL also assisted him in filling out
Alvarado was hired at National Service Direct Inc.
(NSDI) Teleperformance in March 2002. He was originally hired as
a part time employee, but because of his dedication and hard work
he was offered a full time position.
Alvarado started at minimum wage and has since been
given a raise. Since Alvarado was hired, NSDI Teleperformance has
been through a change in management. Alvarado's strong work
ethics, however, have helped him to remain doing a type of job that
will not exacerbate his condition, and-most importantly-is
one that he enjoys.