Many people simply don’t believe they’ll be able to keep working when they lose their sight. That’s why our employment co-ordinators are so important.
It's not just about tackling practical issues like accessibility. Employment co-ordinators work just as hard to rebuild confidence and increase self esteem. Once a blind or partially sighted person rediscovers their self-belief, they can then take the first steps towards finding work and transforming their lives.
Make a donation today to help us support more blind or partially sighted people with finding or keeping work.
Action recognises the capability, not the disability
"All my clients have said that the initial visit to their homes is an invaluable service, it helps them to relax and often can break down potential barriers."
Julia, one of our employment co-ordinators.
66 per cent of blind and partially sighted people of working age are unemployed. They have the skills, the determination and a strong desire to work. However, they are denied the chance to earn a decent living just because they have problems with their sight.
Technology breaks down barriers
Assistive technology such as JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is one solution. This sophisticated software translates text on a computer screen into speech, which can be listened to through a headset.
Help us support people at work
Last year we helped almost 1,000 people to keep earning a living. This year we need to do even more.
Stop the discrimination
- 66 per cent of blind and partially sighted people of working age are unemployed.
- 90 per cent of employers admit to believing that people with sight loss are difficult or impossible to employ.
- Just £14 could help pay for one of our employment co-ordinators to work with a blind or partially sighted person for one hour.
With your help, our employment co-ordinators could provide guidance and opportunity to someone who really needs our support.