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Irish unemployment rate for blind people as high as 84%

Written by Robert McHugh, on 20th Apr 2017. Edited on 21st Apr 2017 Posted in General

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Fujitsu has announced that the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) will become the company’s official charity partner. 

The partnership, which will last for two years, will see the ICT provider and charity actively collaborate on a number of volunteering, technical and advocacy initiatives to benefit people with sight loss.

There are 51,718 people with sight loss in Ireland and the unemployment rate is as high as 84%.

As part of its ongoing work, the NCBI aims to reduce the unemployment rate of working age people with sight loss, an overall goal that is reflected in the main elements of the partnership. This will include Awareness Sessions, Disability Training, Skill Share and Visionary Workshops and Work Placement Programmes.

CEO of NCBI, Chris White said, "There are 51,718 people with sight loss in Ireland and the unemployment rate is as high as 84%, which is shocking. People with sight loss want to fully participate in society and we aim to break down some of the barriers that stand in their way."

He added, "We are excited to begin a two-year partnership with a solution-focused company like Fujitsu and we are confident that it will benefit both of our organisations as we share knowledge and expertise to drive change."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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