Job Fair for Individuals with Visual Impairments

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October 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
10 Garden Street
Knafel Center/Gymnasium
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Cost: Free

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Join us at the 8th Annual Job Fair for Individuals with Visual Impairment on Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 

As employers, it's a chance to connect with qualified, career-oriented job seekers from your community eager to elevate your workplace. For candidates, it's an opportunity to interact with hiring representatives from companies looking for motivated candidates just like you.  

For this one day, Aira will be available throughout Radcliffe. Aira connects people who are blind or visually impaired to sighted agents who deliver visual assistance, anytime and anywhere. Whether you want to navigate the event and get in front of the right employer, or simply interested in the latest assistive technology, you can experience Aira for yourself.  

Use Aira the moment you get to campus by following the five steps below to easily connect and/or visit their website to learn more at aira.io.

  1. Download the iOS or Android Aira App
  2. On the Aira app, choose "Tap to use Aira as a Guest for FREE!"
  3. Enter your email address and tap on "Sign Up as a Guest."
  4. Go to one of the free locations listed on the How to Get Started screen.
  5. Open the app, tap on "Call Aira from Phone" and enjoy unlimited free calls to Aira agents.

General Information

This unique, free event will connect employers to an untapped pool of candidates and prepare them to employ workers who are visually impaired. People who are blind or visually impaired are just as qualified for the world of work as their sighted peers. And yet many adults who are blind find themselves out of work and unable to secure an interview despite their capabilities.

The event is co-sponsored by Perkins School for the BlindMassachusetts Commission for the BlindThe Carroll Center for the BlindNational Braille Press and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to bring these qualified candidates face to face with recruiters and representatives from dozens of respected nonprofits and businesses. The result is an afternoon of proactive networking and conversation, where candidates are judged by their knowledge and experience, not their disability.

For more information contact Karen McCormack, Job Developer for Educational Programs at Perkins School for the Blind at 617-972-7381 or Karen.McCormack@Perkins.org


Employers

Participating employers are provided an exclusive opportunity to connect and interview an untapped pool of qualified candidates. 

Take a moment to maximize your time to find the most qualified candidates at the Job Fair by reading the tips and sharing the resources we have provided below.

How to prepare

  • Keep handouts to a minimum. Bring a simple one-page handout with important details (e.g. recruiter contact information, new job openings, information about any diversity initiatives.)
  • Make sure your handouts are accessible. Print your handouts in large print and braille with the help of National Braille Press. Contact Nicole Noble at nnoble@nbp.org. We encourage a lead time of 2-3 weeks
  • Engage with job seekers. Many websites are inaccessible with assistive technology used by individuals who are blind, making it nearly impossible for candidates to find your job openings and fill out the online application. We encourage you to talk to job seekers about job openings before referring them to your website. 
  • Check out our free Inclusive Workplace e-book for ideas on how to improve your workplace diversity by breaking down the barriers to inclusion for candidates who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Enroll in Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition, a free online course for recruiters and hiring managers co-developed by Perkins School for the Blind and the Harvard Extension School. 

Job Seekers

Job fairs can be intimidating - from navigating the crowd to talking to countless recruiters - however, job fairs provide a valuable opportunity to meet recruiters face-to-face. The Job Fair for Individuals with Visual Impairments offers the unique opportunity to engage with employers that are interested in hiring candidates with visual impairments.

Learn how to successfully work the job fair with advice from two HR reps, one of whom attended the job fair in years past looking for a job. To join our mailing list and receive access to the webinar sign up here.

In the hour-long webinar with William Budding and Charles Curti you will learn:

  • Preparation: How to best prepare and what to bring to the job fair
  • Attending: Tips for interacting with recruiters, navigating the room layout and what to seek and gain from attending in person
  • Follow-Up: Thank You notes, following up on applications and keeping in touch with your new contacts

Directions

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10 Garden Street
Knafel Gymnasium
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Event Date: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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