Description of Practice Report: Exploration of Factors That Contribute to a Successful Work Experience for Adults Who Are Visually Impaired
Eighty-two percent of working-age people in the United States have jobs or businesses (Stoddard, Jans, Ripple, & Kraus, 1998). However, “only 31 percent of blind and 44 percent of visually impaired individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 are employed” (Wolffe & Candella, 2002, p. 59). Of the working-age people with severe disabilities who are not working, 79% would like to work (Stoddard et al., 1998). The group with severe disabilities includes, among others, people who are visually impaired (that is, those who are blind or have low vision). The age, educational level, and health status of people who are visually impaired also has an impact on their employment rate (Kirchner, Schmeidler, & Todorov, 1999).