Campaign Launched To Urge Hiring Blind Workers
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 14, 2004
LONDON, ENGLAND--This week the Royal National Institute of the Blind is launching "Work Matters", a national campaign designed to change the attitudes of employers toward hiring blind and partially-sighted workers.
According to the organization's website, 9 out of 10 employers say that it would be difficult or impossible to hire someone with visual disabilities. As a result, these people are discriminated against in the workplace, resulting in three out of four of those in working age not being employed.
"It definitely is a lot harder for partially sighted or blind people to get jobs because unfortunately despite the fact that the Disability Discrimination Act has been introduced, some employers have prejudices," said Kate, one of the people featured in RNIB case studies.
The campaign's organizers say that many employers believe that it would be too costly for them to hire or maintain workers with visual disabilities. Such people are working in all kinds of jobs, in some cases with the use of technologies or other accommodations that are relatively inexpensive. These adjustments can also be financed through the Access to Work program, which can cover between 80 and 100 percent of those costs.
Organizers also claim that the recruiting process itself presents a number of barriers to potential workers. The campaign urges employers to present job applications in alternative formats, including large print, email or computer disk.
Work Matters (Royal National Institute of the Blind)