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An online resource to help visually impaired people to gain and retain jobs is to be launched shortly as part of 'Out of Sight - Out of Work', a campaign instigated by Opsis, an association of eight charities providing education, training and support to the visually impaired.

The site, which is due to launch at the end of spring 2001, will include information relevant to blind employees and employers, case studies and links to participating organisations. Action for Blind People, RNIB, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Royal Federation for the Blind and Blind in Business are involved in the web project, in addition to Opsis members.

The eight regular members of Opsis are: Action for Blind People, Catholic Blind Institute, Henshaws Society for Blind People, Queen Alexandra College, Royal London Society for Blind, Royal National College, Royal School for the Blind (Liverpool) and West of England School and College. For further information about Opsis call Chris Gregory on 0121 428 5037.

The government, meanwhile, is inviting comments about the accessibility of its nascent one-stop government jobs web site, 'Worktrain'. The site provides an online equivalent of a job centre with information about benefits, training programmes, career guidance and national job vacancy notice boards.

A preview version of the site, which is administered by the Department for Education and Employment, can be viewed at http://www.worktrain.gov.uk/ 

Comments on the site's accessibility should be sent to david.barrow@employment.gov.uk  and copied to Julie Howell at the RNIB on julie.howell@rnib.org.uk 

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