Employers urged to hire more blind workers

26-08-2006

The Royal National Institute for the Blind has called for employers to help to increase the number of blind people in employment.

Speaking on BBC One's Lunchtime News programme, spokesman Steve Winyard said that employers were largely ignorant of the support available for taking on disabled workers.

Around nine in ten employers say that they would find it difficult or impossible to employ people with sight impairments, he said, despite the fact that blind people do a wide range of jobs today.

Computer technology makes it easier for blind people to work, he added, as with a computer that has voice or braille output, it is easy for blind people to do any computer based job.

Yet many employers had not heard of the Access to Work scheme which can help to meet the additional costs of employing a disabled person, he explained.

"This scheme is very poorly publicised by government. Three out of four employers have never heard of Access to Work," he said.



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