Sandra landed her job in the team in an extraordinary way. As a young, trained banker, she used to work at the reception and cash desk at another bank. But then her vision steadily deteriorated due to a rare disease. The day came when she couldn’t do her work anymore.
“After an evaluation by my disability insurance, I was put in touch with Obvita, a charitable organization that retrains and integrates visually impaired people, where I embarked upon vocational training.” There Sandra learned how to use visual aids. She completed specialized IT training and practiced via e-learning in her free time. After four months, she was essentially ready for a new job. But she discovered it’s not easy to find one when you have such a severe visual impairment.
Finally, she found the opportunity at UBS. After installing her visual aids, she was ready to get to work. But before Sandra picked up the phone for the first time, she had to complete web based training sessions and tests. Essentially, a perfectly normal process. But a visual impairment gave rise to many new challenges which she rose to, supported by her new team.
“It’s very taxing for my eyes, even with the visual aids, which is why I work part-time,” says Sandra. According to the World Health Organization, her vision of around 20 percent is regarded as blindness: “I can see large objects with a clear contrast relatively well.”
Nevertheless, the qualified banker plans her everyday life independently, even outside of work. She is able to walk around without a white cane. Looking into her piercing blue eyes, you’d never guess she was visually impaired: “Sometimes, I have to have someone read me something from the timetable at the train station.” But then she laughs: “I can’t read the sign on our office door. But now I know that it’s the third door on the right!”