November 09, 2005.
Newsroom Finland, Finland.
The standard of living and social position of Finns in the Finnish Register of Visual Impairment is still worse than that of the overall population, shows a research report of the register.
In Finland, 22 per cent of the visually impaired are gainfully employed, whereas the figure for the overall population in 2000 was 67 per cent.
"Usually those blind from birth are in a better position than people who have lost their sight later in life," researcher Matti Ojamo of the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired (FFVI) told the Finnish News Agency STT on Wednesday.
"Those afflicted from an early age have from the start found appropriate schooling and work. People born blind are more often gainfully employed than those who have lost their sight later in life," he said.
The age at which vision was impared is a more important factor than even the degree of visual impairment.
"Education programmes for the blind function well," Mr Ojamo added.
Source URL: http://newsroom.finland.fi/stt/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=10697&group=General.
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