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Finding a Job When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Christine Ha is a blind chef; Gary Vermeij is a blind biology professor; Joleen Ferguson is a visually impaired physical therapist, and Bernie Vinther is a blind machinist. How about you—what is your anticipated career? In what field are you highly motivated to work?

Whether youÕre still in school and in the early stages of preparing for employment, or youÕre looking to advance in your career or change careers entirely, itÕs wise to map out how you will prepare for and conduct a successful job search.

As a person who is blind or visually impaired, your job search will not only include the typical phases but will also include determining when and how to disclose your visual impairment and how you will address potential employer concerns.

CareerConnect is here to guide you through the entire job seeking process.

Read the following article, "Find a Job as an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired" to learn how to:

  • Prepare for and Conduct a Job Search
  • Find Job Leads
  • Identify the Fastest-Growing Industries in America
  • Develop Strategies for Getting Hired
  • Explore Job Postings

Next, read "Disclosing a Visual Impairment" to help weigh the pros and cons of sharing your eye condition and required job accommodations at different times during the hiring process.

Lastly, read "Addressing Liability, Accessibility, and Transportation" to guide you through proactively eliminating employer concerns related to hiring an individual with vision loss.

So go, equip yourself for the job, attain it, and then add yourself to the ever-growing database of "Our Stories: People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Succeeding at Work and Life."

Additional Resources

Careers for Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

Tips for Exploring Careers as a Job Seeker Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

The Job Seeker's Toolkit


Topics:
Employment
Planning for the Future