Employing the Visually Impaired

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

Mark Plutschak is usually buried behind his desk. This is both an indication of his work ethic and that he's blind.

At 18, Plutschak was burned in a work-related accident. Now, it's his job at Outlook Nebraska Inc. to help others like him find work.

"There are 7 out of 10 of the blind who are unemployed," said Plutschak. "Well, what are they doing? What kind of quality of life are they living?"

Kenny Blackman knows the answer. After going blind, life became almost impossible. "I had a meltdown," said Blackman. "I was scared to leave. I didn't know what I was going to do. I was completely lost, angry, confused. I was mad at the world."

Blackman now works as a finisher at ONI. Before getting the job, he went 14 years without one.

"I think the biggest thing is those perceptions that people speak about," said Plutschak. "It's the perception that individuals who are blind, don't have the capabilities of performing jobs that others do; we more than have that capability."

Blackman is so grateful ONI hired him to work. "I got my self worth back," said Blackman. "I feel good about myself and I'm not afraid of going anywhere or doing anything."

For more information: http://outlooknebraska.org/

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