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Enhancing skills of visually impaired.

Summary: Ebsar Foundation, serving the blind and visually impaired, started a program to develop the working skills of 150 employees who were either born blind or became visually impaired later in life.

The new program will start with three groups of trainees, said Mohammad Bellow, secretary-general of Ebsar and a member of the council for encouraging employment of the visually impaired. Bellow explained that they started this training program knowing that many blind and visually impaired people have not had any training for a long time. "They stick to the same work, using minor skills and not developing their work status or wages." Some employers would keep workers who develop a visual impairment on the payroll, but would not give them training. This way, they would lose their working skills. Some employers would not even allow their workers to go for training. "We call on government and private sector employers to permit their workers to get trained with our foundation. We will pay for these training courses." Asked about the number of visually impaired employees in the Kingdom, Bellow said that this is one of the "weak points," and added, "There is no data available." He said his foundation is now working on a study about the number of blind and visually impaired employees. The Ministry of Labor and a private company are creating a council to employ disabled individuals. "This project would provide data on the employment of disabled people in the Kingdom," he added. Through these courses, the foundation hopes to shed light on the importance of employing visually impaired people and help them to get better jobs, ensuring their stability. This program is part of a campaign to combat illiteracy among the visually impaired and develop their skills.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Feb 26, 2012
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