For College Graduates who are Legally Blind, Finding a Job Can Be Tough, But Mentoring May Help

About 1.1 million Americans are legally blind, meaning that, even with corrective lenses or surgery, they may not be able to clearly see the largest letter on a standard eye chart at 20 feet or they may only see what appears either in their central or peripheral vision, but not both. As a result, these individuals may have difficulty with job-related tasks. Compared with other disability groups, people who are legally blind are more likely to graduate from college. However, studies have shown that young adults who are legally blind often face difficulties finding employment, even with college degrees.  In addition to common challenges faced by college graduates in general, such as navigating a job market with high competition for positions and translating school experience to workplace skills, those who are legally blind may also face blindness-specific challenges such as a lack of transportation access or discrimination from employers.