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Moving from Exclusion to Inclusion


Exclusion in society is a problem for many people with disabilities. Those with a vision impairment can experience omission from events, little or no social interaction, and no accommodation for the disabled are just a few ways to feel excluded. If you are different, you may think that everyone, even perfect strangers, is avoiding interaction with you. This treatment is very discouraging, and maintaining a positive attitude is problematic.

Living with visual impairment presents unique challenges to those looking for employment. There is an unspoken but widely held belief that traits attributed to visual impairment justify denial of employment, which eventually contributes to a dysfunctional class system. Co-workers are not perfect strangers; therefore, the negative feelings go deeper. Being left out of a project, a meeting, or an important conversation will make you feel set apart and deliberately shut out. It could take a long time to get a job interview if you are applying for a job. The interview will be noticeably short or even canceled. There will be no job offers and no communication.

If exclusion is a two-sided coin, the other side is inclusion. In the workplace, inclusion means providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be marginalized. Employees can be told that they can contribute fully to the organization’s success, and they must also feel it.

The sports entertainment industry created a program to ensure diversity. The program is generally known as the Seven Pillars of Inclusion, the framework of which applies to a specific industry, but the principles apply everywhere. When deciding what the seven pillars should be, the entire sports industry agreed that the first pillar should be access, and for the visually impaired, access is the most important.

Here at Patriot Vision Industries, we also feel access is essential, so we create assistive devices that give users access. In turn, users can compete in gaining and maintaining meaningful employment. One such example can be found by clicking on link to our client James and his testimonial. James is a senior software engineer

The Patriot ViewPoint, Patriot Pro, and Patriot VRM 12 are just a few products that will help leverage your employment opportunities. All these products are battery operated, lightweight, and portable and include a warranty and protective carrying case.

The Patriot ViewPoint is a hands-free and wearable device that uses virtual reality technology to magnify both near and far. Voice or touch commands, several personalized settings, and a large field of vision are only a few attributes that make the Patriot ViewPoint easy and enjoyable to use.

Our innovative Patriot Pro uses custom software on the Apple IOS platform. This all-in-one computer/reader/magnifier has personalized settings for magnification, colors, and voice. In addition, the Patriot Pro is durable and folds flat for easy portability.

Our Patriot VRM 12 is a desktop device that uniquely combines a video magnifier with a reader that converts print to speech. With magnification up to 60x, email is built-in, and internet access is provided. In addition, voice commands, wi-fi, and Bluetooth are available.

To learn more, call us at 1-800-364-1608. Our Patriot brand of adaptive low-vision devices will help you go from exclusion to inclusion.