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As part of the International Day of Disabled People, Hannah Boots, a recent Graduate in Fujitsu, describes her experience as a visually impaired person starting off her career.

“I joined Fujitsu in September 2014 as a graduate in HR. I am working as an HR advisor in the Case Management team, advising managers on a range of issues including absence management, performance improvement, disciplinary matters, and grievances. Three years ago I lost the majority of my eyesight and was registered “Severely visually impaired” (blind).  This was due to a genetic condition which I was previously unaware that I carried. It is thought that the condition was triggered to actually impact upon my sight by the stress of a sudden family bereavement.

My experience within Fujitsu has been very positive. The Graduate Recruitment team were proactive in arranging reasonable adjustments at each stage of the process so that I felt I was competing on a level playing field. I was able to come into the office prior to my start date to set up my specialist software and hardware to ensure I was ready to go on my first day.

I appreciate that for many people that I have come into contact with at Fujitsu, it will be the first time they have worked with someone with a visual impairment. But, in my opinion, their attitudes have been great. They have not been patronising or over the top, yet are still understanding. I have found the culture to be open and supportive. This has meant that I have felt comfortable to say where I will need to do something in a slightly different way, and that colleagues have been open to listen. I am now an active member of SEED and it is brilliant to see the enthusiasm and passion for ensuring that Fujitsu is an organisation which focuses on ability rather than disability and supports individuals to make this a reality.”

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