Accommodations for Workers with Vision Loss
The employer of a person who is blind or visually impaired might need to make accommodations that would minimize or eliminate workplace barriers. In doing so, you have the opportunity to maximize that person's productivity. These accommodations must be reasonable in cost and implementation, taking into account the practical and economic dynamics of your worksite. In many cases the employee will know what accommodations they need, and may have in fact provided their own. But, if that is not the case, a number of resources and professionals are available to help.
Every employee, worksite, and situation is different. With that in mind, we have provided you with ideas and information you might find useful. In trying to cover every resource, strategy, legality, tax credit, and technology we can imagine, it is important to note that this is a transition period you and your employee are dealing with what may seem to be an overwhelming amount of information. However, in time, the accommodation will become familiar and seem a logical addition to the workplace.
In order to get a good general idea of what an accommodated job site might look like, we encourage you to view the CareerConnect Virtual Worksites. These worksites can give you an idea of some of the low- and high-tech solutions employers are using to enhance accessibility in the workplace. Additional sources of information are the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and your local Department of Rehabilitation Services. Take advantage of these free and helpful available resources.