actifsDV is one of the services offered by the French association apiDV (accompagner, promouvoir, intégrer les Déficients Visuels – support, promote and integrate the visually impaired), formerly GIAA (Groupement des Intellectuels Aveugles ou Amblyopes – group for blind or amblyopic intellectuals).
Visual disability is not well known, either by employers or by employment professionals in general. This lack of knowledge creates a reluctance to employ blind or visually impaired people and a very high unemployment rate among them. In France, among disabled workers, the unemployment rate is almost double (16%) the average rate of the active population. Among the visually impaired, it is estimated at 50%.
To work, to have an activity, a profession, is to be present in the world, have a social existence, take charge, be self-sufficient; but also to be accomplished as a human being and as a citizen. This is why we are campaigning for access to employment for visually impaired, blind or partially sighted people. In the 21st century, with well-mastered digital compensation tools, we can study, work, train, go out, do sports, travel… in short, have a rich and varied social, cultural and intellectual life. However, internet websites and digital tools must be fully accessible to these compensatory tools.