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Blind in Business

Blind in BusinessBlind in Business was formed in 1992 by three blind law graduates.  At the time, employers’ perceptions were limited on what blind and visually impaired people could do.  These three law graduates decided to change the stereotypical views of people, so the most common jobs for blind people could become things like workers in law, IT, teaching, marketing and whatever they wanted to be (which is anything apart from driving a bus!)  Now with advanced technology, blind and visually impaired people can compete on a level playing field with their sighted peers.  With the help of Blind in Business, employers have the confidence to take on blind people and the people we help into employment are work-ready and qualified to do nearly all types of jobs.

What work Blind in Business is doing now?

20 years on from its creation, the charity offers two free services, offered to young people across the UK.  A Training Service helping blind and visually impaired children to learn more about careers open to them, and an Employment Service helping work-ready people into good jobs.  They focus their work on giving employers assistance through making their recruitment processes accessible and give blind and visually impaired people the direction they need in life so they do not have to rely on state benefits.

What Blind in Business hope to do in the future?

In a good year Blind in Business train 300 children in career planning and help 60 graduates into good jobs.  Blind in Business wish to carry on with this good work and help more people in most need.  Blind in Business has four members of staff and works throughout the UK.

For further information please visit www.blindinbusiness.org.uk , telephone 020 7588 1885 or write to Blind in Business, 4th Floor, 1 London Wall Buildings. London, EC2M 5PG.

 Charity registration number: 1011957

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been Vice Patron of Blind in Business since 2007.