Article via BioTalent Canada – Meet Yvonne Felix: she is a working professional, a mother of two, a public and community artist, and an avid traveler and golfer. With her job, Yvonne travels across the continent to lead meetings, and commutes daily from her home in Hamilton, Ontario, to her office in Toronto’s downtown core.
Yvonne Felix successfully juggles all of these priorities (and more) on a daily basis. And the most unbelievable part of it all? Yvonne is legally blind.
Only with eSight – electronic glasses that let the legally blind actually see – is Yvonne able to see and work the way a sighted individual can. For those living with legal blindness, Yvonne’s case is the exception. According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), 66% of working age, visually impaired Canadians are unemployed. More troubling, half of working-aged citizens living with a visual impairment earn less than $20,000 per year. Living with vision loss presents an array of daily challenges that are especially damaging when trying to thrive in today’s workplace. While many employers do provide accommodations to employees with a vision impairment, few provide the tools necessary to make those individuals truly included and successful.
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