Can blind people work?

What do you think: Time to employ more visually impaired people as we can do most things but don’t get a fair chance at jobs.

The large range of jobs held by visually impaired people are described in an RNIB report.  Although the report is based on the small sample of people supported by RNIB over several years, it does suggest that:

  • People with sight limitation work across all job sectors.
  • According to the LFS, around 113,000 people of working age in the UK self-report that they are “long-term disabled with a seeing difficulty”.   (RNIB 2014 figures suggest that about 84,000 working age people in the UK are registered as blind or partially sighted.  Hence there are some people whose sightloss will not justify registration and others who elect not to register.)
  • Compared with the general population, people with visual impairments are more likely to be unemployed and to have not worked for longer.

Years ago I led the European Blind Union project to promote visually impaired people at work on their website – the range was huge: from running their own businesses to making coffins!  We can cook (see the American Master Chef winner), run Government Departments and much more in-between.

Penny Melville-Brown

Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk

Helping disabled people to work since 2000

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