Guest post by Alan Pickering, President of BESTrustees
Alan Pickering has worked at the interface of pensions, business and politics for more than 40 years. He was born with an inherited and progressive sight condition and lost the majority of his sight by the age of 30. Never one to let his sight or the attitudes of others towards it become a barrier to success, Alan has become one of the biggest influencers in the world of pensions.
Writing in CityAM he gives his perspective on why employment rates are declining for blind and partially sighted people and what he thinks needs to be done.
“Sometimes, what someone can’t do is more obvious to a prospective employer than their inherent attributes. But if you give someone with a visual impairment a chance and trust them, they’ll move heaven and earth to be successful — to prove that they can overcome their particular challenge.”