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Visually impaired people in Hong Kong deserve a fair chance from employers

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2018, 1:32pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2018, 1:32pm

I am writing in response to the article “Wages and job prospects of Hong Kong’s visually impaired not rising proportionately with education levels, study finds” (October 15).

A survey conducted by Chinese University and the Hong Kong Blind Union found that even when people with visual impairments have attained tertiary education, they do not see a corresponding increase in their salaries. The monthly median income for visually impaired people with tertiary education was lower than the city’s median for those with only a lower secondary education. Why are they still facing these problems?

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The business sector appears to be prejudiced against visually impaired people. The worry seems to be that they will not be able to perform their jobs up to standard. However, I do not believe that this will necessarily be the case, especially for those with higher education qualifications.

The business sector should not give up on visually impaired people just because of their disability. They deserve a fair chance.

Mandy Yao, Kwai Chung