In France, it is estimated that between 120,000 and 150,000 visually-impaired people are of working age and that 50% of these people are not in work. The rate of unemployment among the blind and partially-sighted is far greater than the national average for the general population. Despite the introduction of new technology, they face many different problems when trying to access work:
Whereas employment plays a key role in our social integration, not only thanks to the income generated but also because it enables us to meet other people on a daily basis.
The project seeks to provide support to visually-impaired people who are either looking for work or training, trying to stay in work or interested in going into a new line of work.
More than 700 people have received support from the GIAA’s existing branches.
The new Job Club created within the Angers branch will welcome and support job seekers, hold the monthly meetings of the local team and provide adapted equipment.
The Air Liquide Foundation is contributing to the renovation of the premises of the Angers branch: new electrical installation and joinery work.