National Council for the Blind becomes Fujitsu charity partner

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Tony O’Malley, Fujitsu Ireland, and Chris White, NCBI

Two-year arrangement to highlight workplace challenges faced by people with sight loss

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20 April 2017 | 0

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) will become the Fujitsu Ireland’s official charity partner.

The partnership, which will last for two years, will see the ICT provider and charity actively collaborate on a number of volunteering, technical and advocacy initiatives to benefit people with sight loss.

As part of its ongoing work, the NCBI aims to reduce the unemployment rate of working age people with sight loss through a mix of interactive sessions; workshops and a work placement programme.

Fujitsu employees will also collaborate to produce audio recordings of well-known publications which will add to the 16,000 titles already available from NCBI’s national Braille, audio and large print library.

“This is a very positive new relationship for Fujitsu Ireland,” said Tony O’Malley, CEO, Fujitsu Ireland. “We strive to provide technology solutions that are human-centric for people’s everyday lives, and we are delighted to work with an organisation that is making a difference to people and broader communities all over Ireland. This will be an active partnership as there is a great deal we can learn from the NCBI in enabling people with sight loss to realise their potential within the work environment.”

Chris White, CEO, NCBI, said: “There are 51,718 people with sight loss in Ireland and the unemployment rate is as high as 84%, which is shocking. People with sight loss want to fully participate in society and we aim to break down some of the barriers that stand in their way. We are excited to begin a two-year partnership with a solution-focused company like Fujitsu and we are confident that it will benefit both of our organisations as we share knowledge and expertise to drive change.”

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