People with an eye condition have an increased risk of being discriminated against or being confronted with prejudice. Sometimes they decide to keep their condition secret. Tali Spiegel investigated people with a degenerative eye condition for her PhD research.
Her research revealed that concealing a visual condition can have a negative effect on the career chances and wellbeing of these people. People who conceal their identity, for example, make less use of aids like a stick or a dog, resulting in them having to leave the labour market at a younger age. Exactly how much of the eye condition is made known is also very important. Partially revealing the condition can be accompanied by stress and a lack of self-acceptance. Policymakers ought to look for solutions that create a safe working environment for individuals who cannot or cannot completely reveal their condition at work.
You can contact Tali Spiegel, via +31 50 363 4444, communicatie rug.nl
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