Occupations


Lack of employment for the blind and visually-impaired is a chronic problem all over the world. With adaptive tools and techniques, blind persons can perform most occupations. We want to highlight possibilities, and provide networking and resources. Let us know who we've missed!


Artist


John Bramblitt - Painter. Here is a video about his work.

John Furniss - Makes and sells artistic woodworking. Here's his Facebook.

Beekeeper


Ojok Simon, Uganda - A partially sighted Ugandan who trains rural blind and partially sighted persons to become independent, self reliant and role models through bee keeping. His organization supports the graduates with bee hives and now 28 adult blind and partially sighted men and women are practicing bee keeping in the area. More at HIVE Uganda.


Business owner


Sharmese Anderson, United States - Owner of Styles for All Seasons, officer in several councils of the blind, advocate for service and CNI dogs. National Association of Professional Women. ''In order to fully accomplish God's plan for me I must continue to pray, persevere and sacrifice. I'm not ashamed to be who I am and I am determined to serve, love and trust God until the day I die!'' Her vision loss is due to Retinitis Pigmentosa.

James Boehm, - Blinded by a 2010 gunshot suicide attempt, James now runs Kustom Cane, and uses his ''You Cane Give'' initiative to supply used canes to Global Cane Outreach. Here's a video about his effort.


Candlemaking


Taught by vocational schools in Lesotho, and at least one church group in Nepal.

Customer support representative



Doctor


Tim Cordes, United States - The second blind person ever to be accepted to an American school of medicine. Wikipedia article


Finish carpentry


John Cook, United States - John lost his sight to Glaucoma. He is married, a licensed general contractor (retired), and fine cabinetmaker. John has developed some unique adapations for woodworking and wood-finishing without sight. One of John's furniture pieces.


Food preparation


A blind woman who bakes, cooks, and travels: Baking blind Videos Website

Guidance counselor



Information technology


Muhammad Ahmed, Pakistan - Muhammad did his MSc in Mass Communication from Punjab University, and was given a clerical job in the highways department, but based on his qualifications, he requested and received a job in the Sialkot DCO IT department. He says he has never allowed his disability to stand in the way of his ambition. He uses special software on his laptop to perform tasks. Dawn newspaper article


Judge


Richard Bernstein, Michigan Supreme Court

David Tatel, U.S. Circuit Court

Massage therapist


Some examples:
Seeing Hands Nepal

Musician


John Khawas, India - As a child, John became blind and lost his parents within a few years, causing him to go into deep depression. Then he began turning his poetry into songs that celebrate the hope he has found in Jesus. Here is a video (in Nepali).


NGO Director


Rajendra Dhital, Nepal - Founder, Real Nepal Blind School and Dream Home.

Robert Malunda, Zimbabwe - Founder/director of Gateway to Elation that runs computer courses for the blind.

Amrit Rai, Nepal - Director, Nepal Association of the Blind.


Pastor


Dave Andrus, United States - Pastor and former head of Lutheran Blind Ministry.


Personnel manager


Joyce Lopez, Philippines - Joyce works at Resources for the Blind, where she coordinates our blind workers that assist students. She also is in charge of our summer camp.


Piano tuning and repair


Marshall Tucker, United States - Married (his wife is also totally blind), two children. Marshall has ''positive pitch'', so he can identify a note simply by hearing it. The Marshall Tucker Band is named after him. ''I've never regarded blindness as a handicap -- it's a nuisance, a real nuisance sometimes!'' Watch a video about him.


Radio producer



Sales manager


Randy Atkins, - Randy took disability after he became blind, then went back to college for a degree in business administration, and now works as an inside sales manager. His son is a great help to him. A video about Randy.


Social worker


Baby Padasas, -


Street vendor


Abdul Mannan, Bangladesh - Married, father of two. Street vendor, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Even though he is blind he is not displeased with God; he trusts in God in all his work. See a video about him.




Teacher


Abdulaziz Dapilin, Philippines - ''Top Ten'' score in licensure exam for teachers. Elementary teacher, Western Mindanao State University, Philippines.

Arthur Lown, United States - Married, father of four, deceased. Ph.D., Special Education, Columbia University, New York. Director of services for blind children, Atlanta school system. Founder: Resources for the Blind Philippines and Resources for the Blind International.

Aaron Richmond, United States - Self-employed online English teacher.


Test administration and interpretation


Kriza Caisip, Philippines - Licensed psychometrician (administers and interprets psychological tests). Former intern, Resources for the Blind.




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