Brother and sister eye up a bright future

A brother and sister from Sheffield, who both have a visual impairment caused by a genetic eye condition, are celebrating landing their first permanent jobs within days of each other.  Jessica Senior, 19, and her brother Brett, 21, have Retinitis Pigmentosa which affects peripheral vision and causes short sightedness. Having struggled to gain an understanding of their disability throughout school and college, they feared that employers would overlook them, resulting in long term unemployment.
A brother and sister from Sheffield, who both have a visual impairment caused by a genetic eye condition, are celebrating landing their first permanent jobs within days of each other. Jessica Senior, 19, and her brother Brett, 21, have Retinitis Pigmentosa which affects peripheral vision and causes short sightedness. Having struggled to gain an understanding of their disability throughout school and college, they feared that employers would overlook them, resulting in long term unemployment.
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A BROTHER and sister from Sheffield who both have a visual impairment caused by a genetic eye condition are celebrating landing their first permanent jobs within days of each other.

Jessica Senior, aged 19, and her brother Brett, 21, have retinitis pigmentosa, which affects their peripheral vision and causes short sightedness. Having struggled to gain an understanding of their disability throughout school and college, they feared employers would overlook them.

But with support from specialist recruitment provider Remploy, Jessica and Brett have now both started work.

Jessica is working as a receptionist and admin assistant at Express Coatings, near The Wicker, after a two-month work placement at the firm.

Brett, unemployed for two years after leaving college, registered with Remploy last September and is now working as an assembly operator for sweet maker Cadbury Trebor Bassett in Hillsborough.

Jessica said: “The help I received boosted my self-belief.”

Brett added: “Being unemployed for so long was no fun, so it’s fantastic to have a job at last.”