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Work matters: visual impairment, disabling barriers and employment options

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0018
Work matters: visual impairment, disabling barriers and employment options

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This chapter draws attention to the high proportion of blind and partially sighted people who are not in work. It highlights the issues facing blind and partially sighted job seekers, examines critically the interventions that have been designed to help them into work, and suggests solutions and recommendations to policy makers and employers alike about how best to redress the current situation. The chapter notes the proposed shifts to wholesale commitments to mainstream employment, asserting that there will always remain some requirement for a degree of intermediate labour-market activity for blind and partially sighted adults, especially those currently some distance from the world of work. It sees diverse routes to social inclusion, and a range of employment choices, rather than full-time mainstream employment, being accepted as the norm.

Keywords: partially sighted people; wholesale commitments; mainstream employment; social inclusion; mainstream employment

Chapter.  4522 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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