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Employed Ability: Blind Persons on the Job (1982)

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Museum

Sound | 1982

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  •  The narrator introduces Albert Gayzagian, a blind, corporate planning executive for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company 
  •  Kevin Davis, a shop clerk for New York City’s Department of Motor Vehicles 
  •  Bernice Haymer owns and operates a Telecommunications Services 
  •  Kathy Lutz, secretary to the Manager of Public Affairs at IBM 
  •  Ralph Carter works in IBM’s Brooklyn plant 
  •  Dr. Jim Cutch works at the Bell Lab’s Division of AT&T 
  •  Jack Reed, the first blind programmer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust 
  •  Susan Robinson, MHT Dictaphone operator  
  •  Judge Gilbert Ramirez of the New York State Supreme Court 
  •  The technological revolution offers new devices 
  •  A graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts 
  •  A chemist discusses his experiences 
  •  Ed Walker, TV talk show host, radio disc jockey, and a freelance commercial announcer 
 
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Produced by Ghost Dance for the American Foundation for the Blind in 1982, this educational film addresses the hesitation that many employers have towards hiring employees with visual impairments. The film follows numerous persons who are blind that each hold different occupations, including a computer programmer, a secretary, and a New York Supreme Court judge. Some individuals use devices, such as optacon readers, Kurzweil reading machines, and braille books, whereas others do not. One of the videographers for the film, Ilan Ziv, went on to become a notable documentary director, known for Six Days in June (2007), Capitalism (2014) and Exile: A Myth Unearthed (2011).