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Marco The Clown: Making Your Own Way

Marc Proulx is a member of the AEBC's Brantford chapter.  Blind since the age of 12, Marc has tried time and again to secure employment and end his dependence on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for survival.  He has not had much success with that effort.  But rather than simply complaining about the discrimination that employers often exercise (intentionally and otherwise) against blind and partially-sighted applicants, Marc has essentially gone into business for himself - as a clown.

In a recent profile published in Brantford's The Advocate, Marc is quoted as saying:

I have tried time and time again to get jobs in our society. I’d give my application, I get an interview date and when the interview came around, people saw I was blind and I was turned away right away. You go and point that [discrimination] out to them and they don’t really admit that they are doing that. So instead of arguing it, I just picked up on a talent that I have and went with it.

There is something to be said for Marc's approach.  It's a lot of work, and it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to build any business up. 

And there is, of course, no guarantee that you will not encounter potential clients who are, shall we say, weary about your ability to perform whatever task it is you claim to be able to perform.

But if you are unemployed or underemployed, have a talent or skill that is conceivably marketable, and perhaps know a few people who have 'been there, done that' and can give some solid advice on how to do it, this may be an opportunity and an avenue worth investigating. 

Read more about Marc - Marco the Clown - in Kristen Kaye's Send in the Clown.

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