Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blind Workers Face Discrimination in the Workplace

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that US blind and visually impaired men and women are facing considerable discrimination in the workplace.

A study by the non profit group  National Industries for the Blind (NIB) questioned over four hundred hiring managers and human resources managers as to their policies for employing the blind.

These managers reported that they were willing to employ the blind and visually impaired, but cited workplace dangers, higher costs for employing the blind and poor attendance of blind workers.

These excuses however are contrary to the evidence as blind workers do not have more workplace accidents in companies which employ them, the accommodations for blind employees are often inexpensive especially if the work involves the use of computer systems which now often have computer software freely installed within the operating system that aids blind or visually impaired workers. Disabled workers in general have an overall better attendance record at work taking off fewer days than their "able bodied" counterparts.

This is a very interesting report. I count myself lucky to have a job, and a job which I like. To read the Wall Street Journal article in full follow the link below.

 Wall Street Journal Report 

What are your views of discrimination in the workplace?

Do you have experience of discrimination?