Workforce Solutions continues to celebrate the strides that people with disabilities have made to overcome various challenges they face in employment and independent living. During this month we also participate in White Cane Safety Day events which will take place this year at City Hall in downtown Houston.
The President of the United States annually recognizes White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15th to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and to promote equal opportunity among American workers.
The mission of White Cane Safety Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind or visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities. We also celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and honor other contributions as well.
Workforce Solutions works hard to continue efforts to help the blind community achieve their employment goals. Each of our full-service career offices has assistive technology tools available such as JAWS screen reader, MAGic magnifier, and other tools. These tools are available so that all people can perform job search, update resumes, complete applications and conduct other job related activities independently. Workforce Solutions also has staff Navigators in place to ensure these devices are working properly, and that our offices are accessible to all people regardless of ability. One of the key tools we have at Workforce Solutions to assist those who are visually impaired or blind is braille (tactile writing system) materials and signage. For those who are able to read braille, we have braille keyboards, braille signage on each door as well as access to braille tip sheets and other documents.
We encourage our customer with vision impairments to visit one of our Workforce Solutions Career Offices and speak with our friendly staff on how we can assist you in finding that next job opportunity.
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.