[nfb-talk] Proposal to Decrease Unemployment Among the Blind

Antonio M. Guimaraes iamantonio at cox.net
Sat Feb 28 04:20:24 UTC 2009

Another problem with companies is that they think hiring a blind person 
means big and expensive adaptations in the workplace.

Sometimes that is exactly the case, but if money is spent to accomodate one, 
or two, or 5 blind people, then the price of accomodating the next 50 or 100 
blind people drops significantly.

I'm sure there is a name for this sort of thing, scale, or some statistical 
concept, but if computer systems are made accessible, and it costs $100000 
in two years, the spenditures might be dropped to $10000 in the next 5 years 
to maintain accessibility.

Antonio Guimaraes

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trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number of 
highway signs, they will eventually produce all the world's great literary 
works in Braille.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan Wheeler" <awheeler at neb.rr.com>
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Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] Proposal to Decrease Unemployment Among the Blind

> 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.
> In Christ,
> Alan
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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
>> Eddie:
>> 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.
>> Dave
>> 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.
>>>Eddie Salcido
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