People who are blind or visually impaired often find it difficult to get a job. Most employers don’t know how to deal with visually impaired employees. But there are exceptions. Like The muZIEum in Nijmegen, which specifically targets people who are blind or have a visual impairment for its job vacancies.
In this unique museum nearly 37,000 visitors a year discover how it feels when your eyesight fails. On special tours visually handicapped guides lead visitors through intensely dark spaces. While visitors shuffle through the museum feeling their way, the guide explains what it’s like to live in the shadows or in darkness every single day. From the challenges to the opportunities.
Tactile Paving Path
Visitors can also take a walk beyond the museum walls. A visually impaired guide leads them on an expedition along the ‘Tactile Paving Path’ right through the city centre. Participants put on virtual reality glasses which simulate an eye condition. That way they experience how it feels for a visually impaired person to walk through a busy city.
The muZIEum has been moved to the Ziekerstraat6B in Nijmegen on September 1, 2017. The new location has a greater visitors’ capacity which will generate more income. The extra capacity also provides additional employment for the blind and visually impaired staff.
How Rabobank Foundation helps
Rabobank Foundation has been supporting MuZIEum for quite some time. A new loan will help MuZIEum to develop further into a sustainable social enterprise. Normally Rabobank Foundation does not fund relocation, but this is a major step for the self-reliance of the organisation and the people who work there.