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Steps for Determining Accommodations for Workers with Vision Loss

Accommodations will vary from person to person because of the tremendous variation in how people who are blind or visually impaired function with low vision or blindness. In addition, job tasks vary widely, adding further complexity to the process of determining the best accommodation. Despite this complexity, methodologies and checklists are useful in the evaluation and accommodation process.

Steps for Determining Accommodations

  • Determine accommodations needed
  • Determine procedural changes and/or communication needed
    • Communicate plan
    • Conduct training and education (employee, supervisors, groups, management)
    • Document process, decisions, and actions

Include the applicant or employee who is visually impaired throughout the accommodation process. It is best for the employer to work in partnership with the applicant or employee, though the accommodations to be provided are ultimately decided by the employer. Most people who are visually impaired will know what they need, but given the continual release of new technologies, people are not always aware of available options. Therefore, external expertise or guidance such as that provided by assistive technology specialists may be helpful.

The solution is often less complicated than what the employer believes possible. For example, a reasonable accommodation might be the addition of task lighting, reducing glare with window shades, or the addition of a larger monitor and screen magnification software for a computer system.

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