The Meaning and Importance Attributed to Work for Visually Impaired People of the Metropolitan Area of Quebec

By Véronique Garcia, Sarah Porlier, Sabrina Faleschini, and Normand Boucher

Preferred Citation

Garcia, V., Porlier, S., Faleschini, S., & Boucher, N. (2016). The meaning and importance attributed to work for visually impaired people of the metropolitan area of Quebec. Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 6(2). Retrieved from https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/jbir/jbir16/jbir060202.html. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/6-84

Abstract

Objective: This study aims to determine the significance that visually impaired people give to their work and to define the obstacles and facilitators related to their integration into the workforce. Methodology: 52 adults with a visual impairment in the census metropolitan area (CMA) of Quebec, Canada, participated in a study aiming to learn about their professional trajectory, the meaning they give to work, and the perceived influence of the social and physical factors of their environment. Results: The analysis shows that it is important for work to be stimulating and for it to allow self-realisation. The respondents assert that work is an activity which is not accessible to all, but which still permits autonomy. Technical help and technology are considered facilitators to work integration, while limited access to information, the attitude of colleagues and employers, and the difficulty of adapting to the labor market are seen as obstacles. Conclusion: Results show the importance of sensitizing employers and the work environment to the reality of visually impaired people to foster their integration in an optimal manner.

Keywords

Work, visual impairment, visual disability, blindness, employment, meaning of work, obstacles/facilitators at work, labor market participation, attachment to the workforce, participation in the workforce


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/6-84

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