Are All Blind Persons Unemployed?

by Donna J. Jodhan

I'd like to take a few minutes of your time to clear up a very false myth. I am not going to bash society for this terrible misconception; rather, I am going to try and clear it up. So here is the question of the day: Are all blind persons unemployed?

Answer! No! Believe it or not, many blind persons work for a living but sad to say, not nearly enough of us work. I have had a very interesting career. I have worked for such companies as the Bank of Montreal, IBM Canada, and the Royal Bank of Canada. I have been working for myself for the past 15 years and I continue to enjoy relatively good success as a blind entrepreneur. I continue to advocate for more blind persons to be hired in the workplace and to become entrepreneurs.

There are some very daunting statistics that we as blind persons need to deal with however and that is; the more than 80% of under employed or unemployed blind persons as a whole. Not just in North America, but on a global level. Employed blind persons can be found in such professions as: lawyers, programmers, admin assistants, psychologists and psychiatrists, social workers, translators, and the list is growing.

More and more blind persons are starting to venture out as entrepreneurs. Visit www.tbase.com to read about one of Canada's most successful blind female entrepreneurs Sharlyn Ayotte.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell the world that yes indeed! Blind persons can certainly enjoy things by using their sense of touch. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all: http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly Saturday postings on issues of accessibility: http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog/blog.html
blogs on various issues and answers to consumers concerns: http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

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