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lmct1992
August 25th, 2016, 03:48
Hello

I am a prospective ALT applicant and have been reviewing the information required by the application.

I have some concerns over my medical history and how likely it is to hinder my chances of an interview

Firstly, I have astigmatism in both eyes and wear glasses/contact lenses. They do not fix my vision completely however I have many ways in which I can work around these sight issues. For example, I use magnifiers sometimes or read information from a tablet. It does NOT hinder my ability to move around and live independently.

I have a diagnosis for very mild autism (Asperger's syndrome). It is not very apparent on the outside and I have largely overcome much of the social difficulties that affected me as a child. Again this does not affect my independence.

I have been taking anti-depressants (for anxiety rather than depression) bit am in the process of coming off them as I no longer require them. The anxiety in question was not massively serious and never interfered in my employment or education.

I am confident a doctor would advocate my fitness to live abroad and do the job required of me.

how will these be viewed? And is there anyone else on the JET programme with disabilities? If so, how did you describe and handle them during the application process?

I would be very grateful for any input!

(apologies for the typo in the title!)

Ini
August 25th, 2016, 06:04
Wearing glasses and having no social skills is a disability these days? Isn't that a little offensive to the poor buggers who have had their cock blown off by a land mine or the little kiddies born with half their face missing?

CUPS
August 25th, 2016, 06:36
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lmct1992
August 25th, 2016, 06:47
Wearing glasses and having no social skills is a disability these days? Isn't that a little offensive to the poor buggers who have had their cock blown off by a land mine or the little kiddies born with half their face missing?


Legally it is. I am not pretending it is anywhere near equivocal to the horrendous things you describe. Its simply what the government tells me it counts as and what a doctor might state on a certificate of health.

and I take offence to 'No social skills', a very broad stroke to paint. My syndrome id minor, it has presented issues in the past but I've grown to a point where I can socialise and am unafraid of new environments.

This is where one of my concerns come from, people misunderstanding.

mrcharisma
August 25th, 2016, 07:39
Hello

I am a prospective ALT applicant and have been reviewing the information required by the application.

I have some concerns over my medical history and how likely it is to hinder my chances of an interview

Firstly, I have astigmatism in both eyes and wear glasses/contact lenses. They do not fix my vision completely however I have many ways in which I can work around these sight issues. For example, I use magnifiers sometimes or read information from a tablet. It does NOT hinder my ability to move around and live independently.

I have a diagnosis for very mild autism (Asperger's syndrome). It is not very apparent on the outside and I have largely overcome much of the social difficulties that affected me as a child. Again this does not affect my independence.

I have been taking anti-depressants (for anxiety rather than depression) bit am in the process of coming off them as I no longer require them. The anxiety in question was not massively serious and never interfered in my employment or education.

I am confident a doctor would advocate my fitness to live abroad and do the job required of me.

how will these be viewed? And is there anyone else on the JET programme with disabilities? If so, how did you describe and handle them during the application process?

I would be very grateful for any input!

(apologies for the typo in the title!)


About 50% of JETs are on "the spectrum". Just brush up on your Klingon and you'll fit right in.

lmct1992
August 25th, 2016, 07:59
About 50% of JETs are on "the spectrum". Just brush up on your Klingon and you'll fit right in.

Oh really? Do they say so during the application? If that's true then that's reassuring"

And I won't learn Klingon considering my current self-study of Hiragana is tricky enough!

acpc2203
August 25th, 2016, 09:00
About 50% of JETs are on "the spectrum". Just brush up on your Klingon and you'll fit right in.
And the rest are militant vegans.

lmct1992
August 26th, 2016, 07:46
Thank you.

The JET desk emailed me back and did confirm that a doctor's assurance should be enough for them. still, would be nice to hear from others with similar problems who were accepted!

mothy
August 27th, 2016, 08:48
When I first came on jet there was a guy with some sort of vision issue where he had to hold things close to his face and at an angle to read. I've also seen jets with numerous other physical disabilities. I'd say your vision problem is a non-issue.
The other two are potential problems, but as long as the doctor says ok it won't disqualify you. But wouldn't surprise me if it would count as a minus.

lmct1992
August 27th, 2016, 08:53
Thanks. That's good to hear. As they have told me, if a doctor says its okay, then it should be fine. I'm meeting with a doctor next week to discuss some of these things.

GodInStrafeMode
August 29th, 2016, 16:05
And the rest are militant vegans.
Militant vegans are like 1% max and most of them realize their downfall after arriving, I wouldn't worry too much about them :p

acpc2203
August 29th, 2016, 16:07
Guess I got unlucky

OatsCurrySummer
August 29th, 2016, 16:22
Guess I got unlucky
Ye I'm sorry you had to deal with those.

lmct1992
August 29th, 2016, 16:38
Guess I got unlucky

Only thing that might be worse would be a rice allergy.

GodInStrafeMode
August 29th, 2016, 16:49
Only thing that might be worse would be a rice allergy.
Soy allegy tho :samurai:

mrcharisma
August 29th, 2016, 21:17
My syndrome id minor, it has presented issues in the past but I've grown to a point where I can socialise and am unafraid of new environments.

This is where one of my concerns come from, people misunderstanding.

Bet it's not minor enough for you not to go cap in hand to the state begging for handouts though.

Let's make Britain great again.

Jiggit
August 29th, 2016, 23:55
This is where one of my concerns come from, people misunderstanding.

You're really not going to be happy in Japan then tbh.