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Please help me!I am colorblind and looking for a Software Job.

 
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Hi All,

This post is very important for me.Please help me by providing your valuable suggestions.I have done my BE in Electronics and Communication with 76%.During my last semester(June 2008),I come to know that i have colorblindness.I am trying for Software company.could you please tell me,Is it possible to get into a software company(legally) for me?I have heard that some clients also take Medical Test once you are in a project.

My whole life is based on your replies.

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Tinkesh
 
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All a little melodramatic, but I guess it can feel that way.

If you are looking for a 'benefit' to help you sell your condition, one of the people in my office is colorblind and has often come in handy when testing the color schemes and usability of our sites.
 
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I've met blind programmers who seemed to be successful at their jobs.
As for legality, you should let us know where in the world you are. In the US an employer would be in deep trouble if they used colorblindness to dismiss an applicant (if perfect vision is not a requirement, of course).
 
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I am in India.
 
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Can you please tell us which region / country you are from. That will help us answer your question with more accuracy.
 
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I am a Hindu from India.
 
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Originally posted by Tinkesh Jaiswal:
I am in India.



Thanks for clarifying that. I ll post a reply here if i find out more. Dont worry though. There are people in this industry that are able to get through a day with much worse conditions. Good luck
 
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Originally posted by Tinkesh Jaiswal:
I am a Hindu from India.



Sorry about that, I did not mean to ask that question after you had answered it. Our replies were only 2 minutes apart.
 
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Thanks for your replies.
It is good to hear that a colorblind person can work in S/W industry in UK and US.
Is it the same in India?
 
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Hi Tinkesh:

I am on not the same but similar boat; I'll try if you could send your resume to pranab41@gmail.com. Kindly mention "Java Ranch" in your subject.

Regards,
 
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I've never once had to identify colors when I'm programming.
 
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I can't see why it will be a problem at all unless you work a lot in graphics design and look and feel of a website. You can concentrate more on middle tier, integartion, etc.
 
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Tinkesh,
Color-blindness is not an issue. (unless you are doing graphic design of course.) On most projects, you can successfully do front end development without being able to differentiate colors. And you come as a "built into the team" tester to make sure the site can be accessed by other color blind people. And of course, it's not relevant at all for back end development. I'd be shocked if an employer cared even if they knew.

I've seen a statistics that 5-10% of the males in the US are colorblind (using the definition of not being able to distinguish red vs green.) This article cites it as 7%. Now granted, you aren't in the US. My point is that it's not that rare and you'll be fine.
 
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Thanks to all of you for giving me valuable information and in boosting my confidence.

Now i have a question:

If I join a UK / US based software company,so will they conduct a Medical test for colorblindness.Even if i get into the company,will the company's clients be comfortable with my disability as some of clients conduct the Medical test(Drug test)?
 
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I really never heard of any software company anywhere (India/UK/USA) who would discriminate on colour blindness!

In fact, if you have ever been rejected on colour blindness than consider consulting a lawyer as you might already be a millionaire´┐Ż
 
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All the program listings I've worked with have been in black and white.

When I design web pages, my execrable choices in colors are merely the least of the complaints I get. I am not a graphics artist. Good graphics artists who can do what I can do software-wise, are rare, however. Even non-artists who can do what I can do are fairly rare.

In my town back in the mainframe era the largest employers had completely blind programmers. The operators mounted a special Braille print chain when they made printouts for them.
 
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Originally posted by Tinkesh Jaiswal:
If I join a UK / US based software company,so will they conduct a Medical test for colorblindness.Even if i get into the company,will the company's clients be comfortable with my disability as some of clients conduct the Medical test(Drug test)?


A US based company would definitely not conduct a medical test for colorblindness. They are not allowed to test for things unrelated to the job. They can do a drug test, but that's for illegal drugs. Colorblindness doesn't show up on a drug test . I highly doubt the company will care, let alone the company's clients. I don't know enough about the UK to comment, but I would be shocked if it was otherwise there.

That said once you START a new job, you should tell your manager you are colorblind if it affects your job. If you are doing back end development only, it's not relevant. If you are doing front end, they should know as you aren't the person to pick colors for the screen. It's not a big deal. On a team of greater than one, it's easy to shuffle that responsibility to someone else. After a while, teams have standards anyway. We haven't picked colors for the screen in years - they were picked once with the standard and documented. So we use those. And #FF0000 (red) looks different than #00FF00 (green) in code even if you can't see the difference on the screen.
 
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Originally posted by Tinkesh Jaiswal:
Thanks to all of you for giving me valuable information and in boosting my confidence.

Now i have a question:

If I join a UK / US based software company,so will they conduct a Medical test for colorblindness.Even if i get into the company,will the company's clients be comfortable with my disability as some of clients conduct the Medical test(Drug test)?




Is color blindness a big deal in India or something? In the United States no one cares if your color blind. Not one person in the history of Western Civilization has had color blindness affect their job.
 
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I have 11 years of Industry Experience worked in companies, in India,in UK and finally in US which are privately owned. No company in all three regions of the world did test for my color blindness.Drug test is common in all three regions.
Please do some research before posting in this international forum.
Please don't post irrelevent questions in this forum which is viewed by people from all parts of the world and create misconception about India's employment policies.

Thanks and Regards
Joy
 
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I am Sorry Joy if the post hurts you,however my motto was not to create a misconception about Indian policies.I was in a frustation of this disability so i expressed it in this forum and wanted to have some solution.
 
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Tinkesh Jaiswal,

I apologize for Joy's comments. He does not run this site and those opinions are his alone (which are out of spirit for the policies of this site). They are certainly not those of this site or the moderators.

As others have noted in the US it is illegal to discriminate like that and I've never heard of a case of it. In other countries named it sounds unlikely as well.

Nevertheless it is certainly a valid question to ask if it is of concern to you. This board is for helping people with questions find answers. I hope you continue to post here and make use of this site.

--Mark
 
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Thanks Mark
 
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Please do some research before posting in this international forum.
Please don't post irrelevent questions in this forum which is viewed by people from all parts of the world and create misconception about India's employment policies.




Joy, you need to understand that not everyone in this forum have 11 years of experience and have worked in those 3 countries as you did. Also, forums are another avenue for people to get leads and ideas from someone experienced like you.
 
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I apologize for my harsh comments.

Just wanted to make sure we are not trying to make a wrong context of the whole situation at hand.

Never wanted to hurt any ones feelings just wanted to clarify this is not a issue in any work environment in east or west.

Thanks and Regards
Joy
 
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I am born deaf, I've got my B.Sc. for Medical Bioscience and I've been a software developer for more than 7.5 years (of which about 4 years Java and still counting). I've seen a few other disabled people around as well, even colorblind developers. In job interviews just be honest and just sell your knowledge and capabilities. I don't see how colorblindness would be an issue. Do you know that at least 10% of the world population has some kind of colorblindness? In terms of web development and UI development, it is just a big advantage to have someone around who can be called for user tests. In practice you will maybe have some trouble with color scheme in an IDE, but really nothing more than that (and the color scheme should also just be configureable ).
[ August 25, 2008: Message edited by: Bauke Scholtz ]
 
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Just to ease your nerves a little more, a friend of mine at work did pretty badly at his color tests. Out of 10 pictures he was able to identify the colors correctly only in 3-4 of them. The nurse just jotted down a point saying he needed better color sensitivity and thats it. Dont worry and concentrate on other things. Good luck
 
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I am gaining my confidence and i am feeling better now.Thanks to all of you.
Still one question striking in my mind that,
In India,DO colorblind people have any scope in Indian Adminstrative Services,Indian Engineering Services,Public services unit (like ONGC,NTPC,BHEL)?

I think it is a valid question and it will definately help people like me in deciding their career path?
 
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In India,DO colorblind people have any scope in Indian Adminstrative Services,Indian Engineering Services,Public services unit (like ONGC,NTPC,BHEL)?



Tinkesh,

Unfortunately colour blindness is considered as a disqualification in Indian police service,Indian defence service(army,navy & airforce) and some public sector companies like Indian Oil,BHEL,NTPC etc..

But chin up dude there are so many other options apart from these..
 
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Is there any hope for people after MBA?If yes than in which field like in HR,Marketting,Finance or operation?
 
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I got the official version from the HR department today. It seems, there was a person that joined our organization a few months back and he had color blindness. They still took him in because the project did not have any requirements that needed the candidate to differentiate closely between colors. However, his hire request had to go through several approvals. Should not be a problem Tinkesh.

As for other areas of work that you are looking for, I would suggest that you follow your interest first. If color blindness prevents you from entering that line of work, look for something that you can do that you really love doing. Good luck
 
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Hi ,I got a offer from TCS.I have a medical test within 15 days.will ther consider Colorblindness .I am really afraid...please reply.
 
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Originally posted by Tinkesh Jaiswal:
Hi ,I got a offer from [company].I have a medical test within 15 days.will ther consider Colorblindness .I am really afraid...please reply.



Through a friend, I checked with the HR of the company that you mentioned. There is a person that works in that company with colorblindness. Most projects do not require the candidate to have color sensitivity. Your request would go through an approval process and should not be a problem. Dont worry. Chill
 
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Please remember that discussion of specific companies is not allowed in Job Discussion, as described here.

--Mark
 
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Thanks Deepak for information.
Sorry Mark,I will take care of it in future.
 
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There is a doctor in Maryland who guarantees 100% that you can pass the test with his color correction system. Check out his website http:/www.colormax.org . Color vision correction changed my life as I know have my dream job. I personally thinks its discrimination against color blind people. People who wear contacts lenses can't pass a regular eye test without their lenses. So I why should be any different for color blindness!
 
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