Future Reflections Spring 1992, Vol. 11 No. 2
Job Oppportunities for the Blind (JOB) offers free services and assistance to high schools with programs on transition to the world of work, to counselors of legally blind clients, and to other persons assisting a blind job applicant.
JOB is a joint project of the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind. JOB offers free services to U.S. residents who are blind and looking for work in the United States. Services include a nationwide reference and job referral service, a job hunter's magazine on cassette (the JOB Recorded Bulletin 8 times per year), recorded job information literature, print materials for employer education, local and national career-planning seminars, consultation on low vision aids and appliances, and introductions to blind peers employed in the jobs of interest to the job seeker. JOB offers employers free, nationwide job listings to locate competent workers who are legally blind, free consultation on cost-effective solutions for reasonable accommodation needs, and free educational seminars on hiring legally blind employees.
JOB's volunteers are available in every state for consultation and information. You may also order the following JOB literature from: J.O.B., 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21228. For a sample JOB packet, call 800-638-7518.
SELECTED J.O.B. PUBLICATIONS
These publications are of special interest to high school counselors of blind students, prospective employers of blind youth, parents of blind children, and blind teens who are seeking employment or who are in the process of making a career choice.
"Job Opportunities For The Blind Fact Sheet with "Blind Persons At Work" (1 Sheet)
Facts about JOB plus a list of some jobs done by blind persons.
"What's A Job Seeker To Do? Some Practical Tips You Can Use" (8 pages or 1 cassette: same title)
Tips for a legally blind person on how to begin a job search.
"Making Points When The Interviewer Asks Tough Questions" (5 pages or 1 cassette: "What's a Job Seeker to Do?")
Suggestions for talking to an interviewer about one's blindness.
"Insurance Coverage For Blind Workers: Some Facts You Should Know"
(1 trifold sheet)
Insurance rates do not go up if one hires a blind employee.
"Taking The Mystery Out Of The ADA: How To Hire A Competent Blind Employee" (3 Pages)
JOB will help employers comply with The Americans with Disabilities Act through cost efficient reasonable accommodation.
Have You Considered...? (27 Pages or 1 cassette)
For employers/job hunters: stories of blind employees on the job.
Access To Personal Computers For The Blind: A Review of Speech and Braille Software/Hardware Systems Designed to Permit Blind Persons to Access the Video Display of an IBM Personal Computer
(prepared April 1, 1989. 45 pages or 1 cassette: same title) Still a good basic primer. Ask for updates on specific machines.
Press Release--National Braille And Technology Center (1 Page)
"Using The Skills Of Blindness On The Job" (9 Pages)
These real life scenarios (composite verbal pictures of actual blind persons) show 4 workers using their "blind techniques" to maintain their competetive edge from wake-up alarm through to quitting time.