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‘Institutionalised discrimination’ is hindering employment of the blind

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article ‘Institutionalised discrimination’ is hindering employment of the blindOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today More than 90 per cent of UK employers may be breaking the law bydiscriminating against blind and partially-sighted jobseekers, according to theRoyal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB). In a report released last week, the RNIB said 92 per cent of employersbelieve it would be “difficult or impossible” to employ someone witha sight problem, contravening the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995. Despite 630,000 vacancies in the UK, three-quarters of blind andpartially-sighted people remain unemployed because of “institutionaliseddiscrimination” among employers, the RNIB said. Philippa Simkiss, assistant director for employment at the RNIB, said:”Ignorance and outdated attitudes are preventing blind andpartially-sighted people from getting into work. Employers’ attitudes need toundergo a sea-change to end this vicious circle of exclusion.” The situation hasn’t improved over the past 10 years, despite the DDA andgovernment schemes such as Access to Work, according to the RNIB report. It found that 37 per cent of employers are ignorant of the DDA, while thevast majority of small businesses (97 per cent) are unaware that the Act willapply to them from October this year. The RNIB has launched a campaign calling on employers to change their beliefthat people with sight problems are too difficult or expensive to employ. As part of the ‘Work Matters – Seeing the Potential of Workers with SightLoss’ campaign, the RNIB will host a series of events for employers, staff andthe general public to provide information and advice on the equipment,technology and services available to help people with sight problems at work. The RNIB is also calling on the Government to provide more funds for Accessto Work, and to promote the scheme more widely to ensure all businesses areaware of it. By Daniel Thomaslast_img read more

Wondering which activities are riskiest during the pandemic? Experts weigh in

first_imgNext, it moves on to ‘low/medium’ risk activities, which are playing socially distanced sports like tennis, grocery shopping or going to a retail store. As the index approaches the red zone, it defines activities like exercising at a gym, dining indoors, working in an office and getting your hair cut all as ‘medium/high’ risk. The index starts with ‘low’ risk, or what would be the safest activities defined by these medical experts, like staying at home, walking your pet, running or biking, or picking up takeout. (WBNG) — Throughout this pandemic, government and medical professionals have weighed in on the best ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus. The ‘medium’ risk category involves more interaction, like going to a hospital or doctor, outdoor dining and ride sharing.center_img The covid-19 risk index is based on four key factors: enclosed space, duration of interaction, crowds, and forceful exhalation. A group of experts have now created a covid-19 risk index to help visualize what activities are safe and which ones are high risk for coronavirus. It was created by Doctor Saskia Popescu, Doctor James Phillips and Doctor Ezekiel Emmanuel. At the end of the spectrum are what the experts would define as ‘high’ risk, or the most likely places you could be infected. It includes flying on an airplane, public transportation, bars, movie theatres and religious services.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s lacrosse earns No. 4 seed in NCAA tournament and will face Boston College or Stony Brook on Sunday

first_img Published on May 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse drops 15-14 overtime heartbreaker to North Carolina in ACC championshipcenter_img Syracuse was selected as the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament on Sunday night and will face either Stony Brook or host Boston College in the second round on Sunday, May 15, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.SU won’t host the second round despite having a first-round bye due to a shortage of hotel rooms in the area, according to a team spokeswoman.The Orange finished the season with a 17-5 (5-2 Atlantic Coast) record. SU made it back to the ACC tournament championship game, but let a late lead slip at the end of the second half. Miraculously, Syracuse forced overtime but ended up losing the game to North Carolina.The Orange averages 13 goals per game, good for the 12th best mark in the country. It’s led by Tewaaraton Award nominee and reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year Kayla Treanor, who’s recorded 46 goals and 38 assists. Her 84 points are tied for 10th best in the country. SU’s offense is rounded out Riley Donahue, Nicole Levy and Halle Majorana, all who have racked up at least 39 goals.Syracuse has lost to two-time defending champion Maryland at some point in the NCAA tournament each of the last three years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more