What started as a conversation with the Mayor’s office in Milwaukee last spring has become a movement in the city. Blind Employment Awareness Day (BEAD) is just around the corner and there are many ways to get involved and engage with this important day. Because of the “Safer at Home” order, we’re making the experience virtual this year so we can still raise awareness for blind employment.
BEAD started last year when IBVI wanted to partner with the City of Milwaukee to bring attention to blind employment. At IBVI, we employ more than 265 people, more than half of whom are blind or visually impaired, but we know the message is bigger than us. So we requested a proclamation from Mayor Tom Barrett, and he granted it, making an official Blind Employment Awareness Day throughout the City of Milwaukee.
So, how can you get involved with BEAD?
Join Us on Facebook
On May 6th, we will host a series of live videos on our Facebook page, including a virtual tour and employee interviews. We will be showing you the inside of our West Allis office to give a little insight into how our employees work each and every day. If you don’t normally work with people who are blind or visually impaired, this might be a glimpse into a new world for you. More importantly, though, you’ll see an excellent environment where, with the right tools and training, people who are blind or visually impaired thrive.
We’ll also share interviews with several members of our team so they can tell their stories of why blind employment is so important. Lastly, we’ll have an exclusive question and answer interview with our President and CEO CJ Lange, so make sure you tune in to ask your questions.
Share the BEAD Message
In addition to tuning into our Facebook page on May 6th, there are other ways you can help get the BEAD message out. Social media is a powerful tool and we hope you will use it to share the BEAD message. Blind employment doesn’t just give people a job; it empowers them to be more financially independent and makes them feel like they’re a part of a team. Check out our social media pages to find social graphics you can share on your own page.
The main goal of this effort is to increase blind employment and you can help with that! Visit our careers page for information on which job opportunities are available. If you’re blind or visually impaired, we invite you to apply. If you’re not but you know someone who is, feel free to share open opportunities with them too. You can play a role in providing the people around you with fulfilling employment.
Learn more about this important initiative on our website at http://ibvi.org/bead/.
We hope to see you celebrating BEAD with us this week!