WHY WE DO IT
An Unemployment Epidemic
According to a BIT analysis, approximately 80% of people in the BVI community with IT and other technical skills are unemployed or underemployed in America.
This means that companies are missing out on some of the best and brightest talent available in the country today. It means that talented individuals are left to live off public welfare programs, rather than being afforded the opportunity to put their skills to work and earn a living wage.
The Blind Institute of Technology believes that addressing these problems is a moral and economic imperative.
Large Problem, Simple Solution
BIT focuses on communicating the benefits of accessible technology because we recognize it as a key barrier to full employment for professionals who are blind or visually impaired.
On the employer side, inaccessible internal productivity software artificially limits the pool of skilled labor that businesses can hire from. Inaccessible products also have a smaller potential customer base, and can lead to costly and unnecessary lawsuits.
For people who are blind or visually impaired, inaccessible technology imposes limits on all facets of life. From the job search to transportation, entertainment to shopping, inaccessible websites and mobile apps are an ever-present challenge to the BVI community.
Despite the negative consequences of inaccessible technology, it remains a large, widespread problem. BIT knows this doesn’t need to be the case. Accessible tech is not only possible – it is simple to create. By offering an “easy button” approach to accessible technology, BIT can further the spread of accessible technology, benefiting both employers and the BVI community in the process.
“BVI individuals may lack sight but they have great vision using their other senses and today’s advanced accessibility technology to become successful in the workplace.”
Our Approach Works
BIT has a proven track record. Our comprehensive array of services, rooted in our view of the Employment Life Cycle™ and focused on both job-seekers and employers, creates opportunities and value for all sides. Check out our testimonials, which speak to our successes better than we ever could!
Ethan H. – Accessibility Engineer
Theresa Montano – Solutions Architect for Accessibility
Jeff Ritz – UX Accessibility Designer
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The Blind Institute of Technology™ (BIT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing workforce development and inclusive employment solutions that prepare people with disabilities, and the employers who hire them, for success in the workplace.
Led by Executive Director Mike Hess, BIT aims to help solve the unemployment and diversity and inclusion epidemic among people with disabilities by reducing barriers to employment through education, preparation, employment placement and accessible technology initiatives. Our vision is a world in which people with disabilities have the same employment opportunities as their peers.