Caroline Casey: Why I hid my disability from my bosses

Caroline Casey is legally blind but worked as a top consultant without her bosses realising. She wants businesses to do more help their workforces overcome disability.

by Kate Bassett

Straight out of business school, Caroline Casey bagged a job with Accenture and spent the next few years working as a global consultant. ‘I was in one of the most competitive environments in the world, where you work hard, you play hard – and you’ve got to be the best,’ she says.

From the outside, she was thriving. But she was living a lie.

Casey’s bosses and colleagues had no idea that she was legally blind. She was born with a condition called ocular albinism, which she describes as ‘like having Vaseline in front of your eyes’. Afraid of how her disability might hold her back, she hid it.

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