KE Optical’s support for workers with disabilities has been commended by two high profile Australian politicians; Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Fiona Patten, Leader of the Reason Party.
The Victorian company has been manufacturing and distributing optical accessories for the past 16 years with the assistance of workers with disabilities, outsourced from Brunswick Industries Association.
They were especially pleased to learn how many workers with disabilities had transitioned from special workshops into regular employment at KE Optical
“We were recently visited by Anthony Albanese and Fiona Patten who commended for the great work we are doing for workers with disabilities,” said KE Optical business owner Michael Krutsch. “They were especially pleased to learn how many workers with disabilities had transitioned from special workshops into regular employment at KE Optical.”
He continued, “Most workers with disabilities prefer working in normal surroundings. We provide the employment opportunity and in return benefit from a reliable dedicated workforce. People with disabilities who work have higher incomes, which gives them greater fi¬nancial independence, we well as greater self-worth and confidence”.
All of KE Optical’s spectacle sprays, cloths and accessory kits are made with the assistance of workers with disabilities. Additionally, spectacle cases are printed in-house with help from workers with disabilities. This means every purchase from KE Optical, directly helps improve the life of an Australian less fortunate than yourself.
KE Optical’s microfibre lens cleaning cloths, lens spray and accessory kits are also certified Australian made and identified as such with the Australian Made logo.
Partnership with Brunswick Industries
KE Optical outsources its workers with disabilities from the Brunswick Industries Association, an organisation established in 1968 in a joint venture between the Mount Royal Hospital and the local Lions and Rotary Clubs. Then known as the Brunswick Sheltered Workshop, Brunswick Industries has become a leading employer of people with a disability. For over 16 years, KE Optical has had a very close association with the organisation and is now its largest customer.