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Vision Impaired Unemployed

Around 58 per cent of the potential work force who are blind or have low vision are unemployed – four times the national average, according to figures released by Vision Australia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

Although this is a slight improvement on the 2007 result, Vision Australia says there is much to be done.

Vision Australia’s 2012 Employment Report shows that employer attitude is the key factor prohibiting people who are blind, or have low vision, from finding employment.

Maryanne Diamond, president of the World Blind Union and General Manager of International and Stakeholder Relations at Vision Australia believes it is the responsibility of key community influencers to try and help change employer perceptions.

“With today’s technology people who are blind or have low vision are capable of pretty much anything but we need the community to get behind us and give us a fair go,” said Ms. Diamond.