Jason Chu got a degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State that led to a job at the US Department of Justice. Working with his DOR counselor, he explored other options related to his field of study and now has a dream job at Google.
Jason - I was born with this disability actually. It’s called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. So there’s different types, I have type 2B, which is a respiratory and neurological disorder. So basically my extremities don’t function as normal. So, I have paralyzed vocal chords; so they stay closed all the time. Tracheostomy is actually used to bypass the vocal chords so I can breathe.
I work at the risk ops, risk operations and we actually evaluate user behavior within the Google payment system. For me and my co-workers, they see me as a person, more than a person that’s disabled. I actually encourage a lot of people with disabilities, to make sure that you tell your employer or the interviewer that you are a person with a disability, before and during just to reiterate it and to reinforce it.
I can live on my own. I can be a contributor of society, as well, just as well as, just as much as everyone else is. That’s the message I am sending out to everyone. If I can do it then there’s no one else that can have an excuse to not do it as well.