Supporting blind and partially sighted people in the workplace
Jonathan Ward | Wednesday 27th March 12:00 - 13:00 (via Zoom)
During the presentation Jonathan will:
Our presentation will be informal, and we’ll make use of the experiences and stories of blind and partially sighted people. We’ll also make sure you’ve got our contact details and always promise to answer any questions you may have privately and confidentially.
My name is Jonathan Ward and I’m currently employed by Thomas Pocklington Trust as a Development Manager in the employment team. My brief is to find ways and to develop services that support blind and partially sighted people who are furthest from employment and a little closer to their dream of volunteering or working.
I’ve been partially sighted for close on 50 years, but I can remember being able to pick up a newspaper and read the smallest print and being able to see people’s faces. I’ve a one-of-a-kind macular disease. This means I don’t see any detail, so no faces and I can read only the largest of text. I can see to move around.
For nearly 40 years I’ve been supporting blind and partially sighted people to live independently, both directly then as a manager of services. In my spare time I play sport and towards the end of the last century I competed in 4 Paralympic games. I even feature on Wikipedia!