While skill building and highlighting successful people who are blind working in various careers are important aspects of Trades Win, it also helps to address the stigmas that surround blindness and employment rates. According to national statistics, nearly 70% of blind individuals of working age are unemployed. This is a staggering number.
Providing role models of successful people who have come before them can encourage and empower young students with disabilities and those at the beginning their quest for a career. Trades Win fosters a team environment that builds communication and project management skills needed in any workplace. It shares stories from successful blind individuals in their chosen trade, which can highlight for skeptical employers the benefits of tapping into this important, too often overlooked, talent pool.