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“How did you make your resume?” “How do you
get dressed in the morning?” These are just a couple of the questions that
Ashley Nemeth has been asked at job interviews. Nemeth is legally blind.
Growing up she could see shapes in the distance but nothing else unless she was
closer. Three years ago she lost the rest of her vision and is now fully blind.
Until she fully lost her vision, she worked as an insurance broker and hid her
visual impairment. “It was just one of those things that I felt like I had to
do in order to have any shot at having a job and being able to be employed,”
she said. Since then Nemeth has struggled to find a job. She now works with
CNIB as a spokesperson and talks about those challenges. “It was frustrating,
because I wanted (at the job interviews) to talk about my qualifications and
what I could bring to the company,” she said. “I was always frustrated with the
amount of time that we spent talking about my disability and what I couldn’t do
versus what I could do.” October is National Disability and Employment
Awareness Month, and CNIB has launched an EmployAbility campaign. The group is
calling on employers to look past misconceptions about hiring people who are
blind or partially sighted.
Read the full story here: http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/finding-employment-a-struggle-for-the-visually-impaired
Regina's Hany Al Moliya, who is studying to be a computer engineer, has joined
the Prime Minister's Youth Council. Before coming to Regina in 2014, Al Moliya,
23, helped fellow Syrian refugees living in camps in Lebanon while working for
UNICEF. Even though he is legally blind, Al Moliya took up photography and
documented his experiences as a refugee, having fled his hometown in 2012. He
has also helped newcomers settle in Regina. "I want to make a difference
in Canadian life," Al Moliya said about his joining the council. He said
he also wants to contribute to the country that gave him a chance to rebuild
his life. "I had a tough life in a refugee camp and I got a chance to come
to Canada and that changed my life," he said. He said he wants to bring
more people with disabilities into the workforce and will draw on his own
experiences with visual impairment. "I would like also to share some ideas
to help Canadian youth to find themselves [and] to be inspired by others using
arts and technology at the same time," he said.
Read the full story here: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/reginas-hany-al-moliya-joins-015138876.html
After five days of style, front row drama
and backstage excitement, Paris Fashion Week has drawn to a close with the
Blind Fashion Show. In the annual event models who are both partially-sighted
or fully blind show off stunning gowns on the catwalk using a rope-line to
guide them. Created by French entrepreneur Myriam Chalek, the show aims to
bring awareness to blindness causes and empower all women.
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Rob Sleath, on behalf of people who are
blind or partially sighted and Access for Sight-Impaired Consumers (ASIC), and
Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. have agreed to settle a human rights complaint that
will see Shoppers Drug Marts in British Columbia offer prescription medication information
in an audio format throughout the province.
Read the full story here: https://www.canadianinsider.com/blind-advocate-reaches-settlement-with-shoppers-drug-mart
Senior police officials and members of
Blind People's Association (BPA) inaugurated a recording facility in the
premises of Sabarmati Central Jail on Monday morning. The facility will be used
by the inmates to record audiobooks on a specialized software. The recorded
books will be provided to blind students and citizens through BPA. Officials
said they have chosen a wide variety of books for the project which will be
recorded by 12 inmates chosen after a stringent selection process. The first
batch of books are expected to come out on December 3, International Day of
Persons with Disabilities.
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