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Accommodations for Workers with Vision Loss

As an employer of a person who is blind or visually impaired, you may be called upon to make accommodations that would minimize or eliminate workplace barriers. In doing so, you maximize your employee's potential for productivity. The accommodations should not result in an undue hardship to you in terms of cost or implementation. Your employee may know what accommodations they need and may provide their own accommodations or assistive technology, but if not, a number of resources and professionals are available to help you meet their individual needs.

Accommodations make it possible for a qualified applicant or employee to accomplish essential job functions. Accommodations make sense if they are needed to make the best use of an employee's talent or to maintain productivity. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), "reasonable accommodations" are required to provide equal opportunity for qualified workers.

No "one-size-fits-all" solution exists for accommodations. Every employee, worksite, and situation is different. With experience, you will find the accommodations used by an employee with a visual impairment to be a logical addition to the workplace.

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In order to gain a better understanding of what an accommodated job site might look like, check out the CareerConnect Virtual Worksites. These worksites can give you an idea of some of the low- and high-tech solutions used to enhance accessibility in the workplace.

Additional sources of information include the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and your local Department of Rehabilitation Services.

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