Prior to COVID-19, the American Foundation for the Blind indicated that approximately 70% of adults who are Blind and DeafBlind are unemployed or underemployed. Since the pandemic, the problem has worsened. Several concerns exist including being afraid to use public transportation safely, social distancing and relying on touch and tactile information.
In all sectors, businesses have become creative and even supportive of employees working from home. This population who are underemployed are the perfect fit for employers that need productive employees. What better workers to fill these jobs than reliable, committed, and trained individuals who are eager to work?
Workforce recovery is critical for this disability group. These needs can be met by focusing on teaching safe travel practices, providing advanced training and digital tools, identifying employment needs in the local community, and connecting job seekers to work.
Through training, public awareness, and education efforts, Affiliated Blind of Louisiana Training Center will ensure that businesses and other members of the community know about the abilities of workers who are Blind, Visually Impaired, and/or DeafBlind. Affiliated Blind of Louisiana Training Center will provide assessments to identify and determine employment strengths; offer digital tools and education on videoconferencing platforms; provide adaptive technology, telework and/or call center training; train persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, and/or DeafBlind to fill needed local food service positions; assist with job search, coaching and placement.
These programs will be offered annually for three years. Included in the program:
· CDC Safety Provisions
· Dormitory Accommodations
· Daily Meals
· Purchase of Personal Adaptive Technology
· Professional Instruction
The Price Tag
3 million for 3 years