Background: I am blind.
My country, the Philippines, does not have laws regarding employment of humans with physical challenges. I have been applying for a software developer position for months now, and except for one company, the following usually happens after submitting my resume.
- I would get an email inviting me for a technical interview. I would then reply asking if I can use my laptop for any programming tasks because it has a screen reading software that allows me to code. I got no more reply from this company even after many followup emails.
- On another company, I would get a phone interview asking for my qualifications and things regarding what I wrote in my resume. They also invited me for a technical interview. Before the conversation ends, I let them know that I am blind and would it be ok for me to use a screen reader while working if ever I am hired. By this point the conversation turned to my disability and how it is possible that I can program. Finally, the interviewer asked me to wait for another call regarding the status of the interview. I never heard from them again.
I believe I have made a mistake (in both cases) by immediately telling them about my disability. This is due to a friend's advice who said that by informing companies immediately about my disability while also emphasizing my technical abilities, I will quickly find out if they will have problems accepting people like me. Now I realised too many companies in my country are not giving me a chance. They could have many reasons, of course. But I suspect the fact that I am blind overshadowed any technical achievements I have made. I might code differently, or solve problems differently, but I can still produce results. Note that they have invited me for interviews before disappearing.
Now, I plan to avoid any mentions of my disability to any company interactions until the actual interview. That way I would have shown them my abilities before outright rejecting me.
My question is: Could this approach cause problems? Could this be construed as rude in the eyes of the interviewer? I have not thought of any possible problems that might occur, but I believe it would be better to prevent something that I might regret later.