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Scottish website rolls-out service to blind jobseekers

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In a recent report the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) found that 92% of employers believe it would be ‘difficult or impossible’ to employ someone with a sight problem.

Official statistics show that this kind of discrimination prevents three-quarters of blind and partially-sighted people from gaining employment.

In a move that will help blind and sight-afflicted jobseekers find work, ScottishJobs.com is offering access to Braille displays and audible on-screen information.

The RNIB say that everyday, another 100 people will start to lose their sight, further highlighting the importance of such inclusive measures.

There are 359,000 people registered as blind or partially sighted in the UK but the RNIB believes these figures hide the extent of the problem. There best estimates show that there are probably more like around two million people in the UK who have a sight problem.

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