Blind Australians frustrated by employment search

63 per cent have given up their job search

The majority of Australia's blind and vision-impaired jobseekers are frustrated by the barriers they face to getting employment and have given up completely, according to anew survey.

Of the nearly 2,000 blind and vision impaired people surveyed by Vision Australia surveyed, 63 per cent said they had given up the hunt for work.

One of the key challenges is to break down employer perceptions, said Michael Simpson from Vision Australia.

In most instances, it's easy to make the workplace accessible using adaptive technology, he said. It's even easier when employers make use of the government-funded workplace modification scheme.

Unfortunately, people with vision impairments still face many barriers, said Simpson. These barriers wear down enthusiastic and highly skilled university graduates who get continually rejected for position after position, he said.

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