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The United States of America unemployment rate sadly expectedly rose to 4.4 percent in August 2017 from 4.3 percent in the month of July 2017 and above market consensus of 4.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons increased by 151 thousand to 7.1 million while the labor force participation rate was flat at 62.9 percent. Consequently, there has been a higher record of unemployment among the disabled, not realizing the damage that is being done in families that carry that financial burden.
Lots of blind, visually impaired, low vision and partial sighted individuals in the country find it difficult to get a job for themselves despite having attended a university and even regardless of graduating with acceptional grades. They remain unemployed despite being capable, motivated, and even having access to adaptive technology which allows them to perform most current day-to-day required tasks a sighted person can perform. Most Human Resource Manager sees these bright, hardworking individuals which would be an asset to any organisation if given the opportunity as a liability for their organizations because of their disabilities. They believe they cannot be fully efficient because they possess a defect, therefore they cannot be mentally stable to work for them but they fail to remember that anyone can fail in a job – disabled or not. We have disable individuals that can function better than those without any disability. Blindness/visually impairment, low vision or even sight loss inquisitively are something of the mind. When someone has this disability, they can still function like every other normal citizen if they refuse to let their mind accept their disability for a weakness. There has been this conscious belief that blind people are not capable or skilful employees. There is even a fear of making some sort of intentional ‘politically incorrect’ statement that often offends them. Statements like ‘see you later’ gets at them because they feel they are mocking their blindness. Why will they say see you later when they know we are blind. Or the one I’ve gotten the most, “did you see that…. I mean….. Hear that show?”
The unemployment gap between the people with and people without disabilities in US is significantly high. As at 2015, the percentage of the disabled employed was 34.9% while the percentage of those without disabilities employed was 76.0%; that is a 41.1% difference. This percentage of the employed disables dropped to 17.9% as at 2016 according to the USA Bureau of Labor Statistics
The simple fact is that blind/visually impaired people are not gaining employment even with their degrees.
REASONS WHY BLIND INDIVIDUALS ARE UNEMPLOYED
HOW TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF UNEMPLOYED AMONG BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED CITIZENS
In conclusion, we would have learnt from all that has been said in this article that the rates of unemployment for the disabled; the blind, visually impaired, low vision, sight loss and partially sighted individuals emphatically, in the United States have been low for decades and will keep rising high if not managed properly by the United States Government. And, now that we are through with the statistics, I can carefully communicate to blind people that we face this issue partially because of, you. You read articles with these points and you give up on searching for a position, even if it’s low-wage or you do not spend time creating something you can be behind. I know blind people who sit pitching me the most credible money-making schemes, then when I light the fire under their ass, there is some excuse on why they cannot achieve such dream. The simplification of conjuring up cop-outs among blind individuals has risen and I find no patients for it. I have built these personal brands, in order to push the idea that your personality must stick out over your work when you are faced with a disability. I have become complacent with the fact that I have to prove myself in every way in order for people to know my full skill. Having a kid, working for a celebrity and being on a syndicated morning show apparently are enough for people to treat me normal and offer me opportunities. If I was given one wish, affective that moment, is if I could have everyone just be open to hiring a blind person and deciding their skills then. If other people who do not possess the qualifications are able to get a job, and get fired because of their inability to meet the demands of that job, then a blind person should face the same treatment. So to all employers, next time you witness a blind person in your establishment who wants to work for you, chances are they can. Chances are, they did not just apply to a job just because. It is obviously something they went and obtained a degree in, have practiced since they were kids or have been passionate about for a good amount of time. Judging a book should not be some wasteful cliché we throw around, it should be something we all live by.