Many employers have successfully hired, or retained, existing employees who are blind or visually impaired. Today, with the advent of new technologies, resources, and skills, blind and visually impaired individuals have been competitively employed in a wide variety of fields. Based solely on their ability to achieve maximum results, they have proven themselves to be hard working, productive, and invaluable resources in the labor market.
Under this broad category of blind or visually impaired, you will find every type of person, and many different stories. While some trends and similarities can be recognized in this population as a whole, you will find no individual is alike with regard to gender, age, race, ethnicity, temperament, education, visual impairment, onset of vision loss, technical skill, or ability. You may also find that, with only minimal adjustment to the work environment, the best person to do the job may be your current employee who is losing their vision or that new applicant who is visually impaired.
This section is designed to be a practical guide for employers, providing useful information about hiring, and working with, blind or visually impaired workers. The myths surrounding blindness that may raise your concerns will be discussed, as well as the benefits that can result when your hire or train an employee with vision loss.
The topics in this section will provide you with answers to your questions and give you the information and resources you need given your work situation.
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