Perkins CEO to speak at Nov. 16 TEDxBeaconStreet event

Perkins President and CEO Dave Power.

Perkins President and CEO Dave Power will speak at TEDxBeaconStreet on November 16. Photo Credit: Anna Miller

November 11, 2014

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Creating a world in which people who are blind have the same career opportunities as their sighted peers won’t happen overnight. Reversing a 75 percent unemployment rate requires bold thinking, innovative technology and a commitment to social change.

Leading the way is Perkins President and CEO Dave Power, who will speak on the issue at TEDxBeaconStreet on Sunday, November 16 in Brookline.

In his talk, “Making the World Accessible,” Power will outline the technological breakthroughs that make it possible for people who are blind to succeed in careers such as software programming, law, network engineering and teaching. He will also discuss the roadblocks that prevent qualified blind job-seekers from finding work, and explain what all of us can do to remove them.

“I’m looking forward to speaking to the TEDxBeaconStreet audience and viewers all over the world about what can be done to combat unemployment – which is one of the largest barriers facing the blind and visually impaired community,” Power said. “This is an issue that affects millions of people. TEDxBeaconStreet is a natural venue for us to share our ideas and get other people involved in finding a solution.”

Power will join dozens of dynamic speakers from across the Commonwealth at the TEDxBeaconStreet event at the Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline, Massachusetts. Power is scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Visit the TEDxBeaconStreet website for a full line-up of speakers and to register for the event. Admission is free.