[nfb-talk] Proposal to Decrease Unemployment Among the Blind
awheeler at neb.rr.com
Fri Feb 27 21:33:05 UTC 2009
Yes, a big part of the problem is that sighted employers have this misconception that blindness = lack of brain function...that if the eyes don't work, the brain certainly doesn't either...and we all know that is dead wrong.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "David Andrews" <dandrews at visi.com>
To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 01:59
Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] Proposal to Decrease Unemployment Among the Blind
> We certainly need ideas and discussion about how to lessen the
> unemployment rate for blind persons. Your idea might help some, but
> I don't think it gets at the real causes of the problem. The problem
> isn't getting technology into the hands of the job seeker, it is the
> attitudinal barriers against hiring the blind that the sighted public
> holds. Simply put we can't find that many jobs and job sites where
> people are willing to give blind guys a chance. We also need more
> work in finding ways and developing technologies to make different
> kinds of job tasks accessible. Finally, I have observed that many
> blind persons who are looking for work just don't have strong enough
> computer skills. Providing them with technology more easily might
> help some, but the main problem is training.
> At 09:13 AM 2/27/2009, you wrote:
>>Dear List Members,
>>I would like to propose an as yet very general outline on how to
>>improve the unemployment numbers in the blindness community. I am
>>open to suggestions on how this may play out in actuality.
>>We have heard the 70 percent unemployment statistic for the last 30
>>years with little or no fluctuation. I propose a capital campaign
>>not unlike the one initiated to build the Jernigan Institute. The
>>funds raised by this effort would be exclusively used to purchase
>>access technology for blind job seekers, effectively bypassing the
>>red tape often experienced with state departments of rehabilitation
>>and other governmental employment agencies. We know that employers
>>are extremely hesitant to hire people with disabilities due to the
>>perceived expenses involved in doing so. This would affectively
>>nullify that concern while demonstrating that we are some of the
>>most dedicated and loyal workers once we obtain gainful
>>employment. Perhaps funds for this project could be incorporated
>>under the umbrella of the imagination fund. While some may argue
>>that this effectively turns the NFB into a rehab agency, I posit
>>that we could do this kind of work as we have undertaken every other
>>project--with a high level of standards and expectation for our
>>members, along with a positive philosophy of blindness. Please
>>respond with ideas and thoughts.
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