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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. 75% unemployment – it’s an intolerable problem. There are software programmers, teachers, lawyers and Olympic athletes who are blind. So why are so few in our workforce. For the visually impaired, the path to independence and employment is full of obstacles. Technology can help but there’s an even bigger challenge. We’re not ready for them. We need to invite the blind and visually impaired into our communities and companies. Dave Power beleives that maybe their biggest handicap is all of us.

Dave Power is CEO of Perkins, a world leader in education and accessible solutions for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Dave is a former software industry leader who is also the parent of a son who is blind.

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Dave Power

Dave Power

After years of advising CEOs and executive teams on how to accelerate company growth and innovation, Dave Power is bringing his expertise to a seemingly unexpected venture – the Perkins School for the Blind. As their recently appointed CEO and President, Power plans to change how the world sees blindness. What makes him so qualified to tackle this? Power has created a name for himself in many fields – venture capitalism, the software industry and even environmental engineering. As the former CEO of Novera Software, partner at Fidelity Ventures and Charles River Ventures, and SVP of RSA Security, Power knows how to make change happen in any setting. In addition to his business expertise, blindness is an issue that hits straight home. One of his sons, a recent graduate of Perkins, was born deafblind, making the struggles of the visually impaired pertinent to Power’s own life.

As a Trustee at Perkins, he developed their esteemed eLearning initiative, providing much-needed learning tools for parents and teacher of blind students. Now, as Perkins’ leader, Power plans to address how the education and business sector can collaborate to ensure that blind individuals have the same career opportunities as their seeing counterparts.