Step for STEP raises funds for the Student Training and Employment Program (STEP) which prepares students who are blind for employment.
No one should be denied employment due to having a disability, yet unemployment for those with disabilities is around 70%. Bosma's Student Training and Employment Program (STEP) gives high school students who are blind or visually impaired an opportunity to develop valuable skills and learn the fundamentals of finding and keeping a job, so these students are not part of that 70%.
I have found advocating for the employment of people with disabilities a passion. I am employed at Bosma Enterprises, where I see everyday people who are blind or visually impaired do the same tasks that any fully sighted person at any employer does. I have also heard countless stories about being denied employment, being asked inappropriate questions at interviews, and having their skills doubted once a potential employer finds out about their visual impairment, even if the person has demonstrated they have all the qualifications for the job. If someone wants to work and can work, they should not be judged as unable to because of a disability.
I am also the mother of a child with a disability. Although my son is not blind or visually impaired, I know all of us have to fight together to end the discriminations our loved ones face. The students who participate in the STEP program are like my son. They have dreams. They want to be self sufficient adults who contribute to society. They want to be employed and respected in the society. What these students desire are the things we who are gainfully employed take for granted each day.
By donating to the STEP program, you are helping to give them the skills and confidence they need to find fulfilling employment after they leave school. You are helping to fight the discrimination that people with disabilities face in the workforce. You are making a direct difference in a child's life and their future. Hopefully we can have enough of an impact that by the time my son gets to the age to enter the workforce, no employer will turn anyone down for a job based on something as small as a diagnosis.