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What Jobs Can People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Have?

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It’s a question I hear regularly. “What jobs can people who are blind have?”

If you’re asking this, perhaps

People who are blind or visually impaired are far more similar to sighted individuals than different. They have individual strengths, experiences, interests, lifestyles, and work values. As such, they hold as diverse employment as that of their sighted peers.

I know at first thought it seems vision loss would limit career opportunities, but apart from driving, job accommodations (most of which are free or extremely inexpensive) enable individuals to perform nearly all job functions with no sight or minimal sight.

As the National Federation of the Blind eloquently explains in a Future Reflections Publication, “One of the damaging stereotypes about blindness is the belief that the blind are limited to a specific and finite "list" of jobs that "blind people can do." Even when we hear about a blind person who is doing something new or novel (new to us, anyway), we either discount it (she is the exception), or we just add one more "job that blind people can do" to our list. Seldom do we rethink our erroneous assumptions about blindness.

The real tragedy is that we—parents, teachers, friends, enemies, relatives, and yes, even other blind people—teach this flawed thinking to blind children. These blind youngsters don't think, "What do I want to do?" and "How am I going to do it?" but, "What can blind people do?" and "Which one of these things that blind people can do am I most interested in?"

Thank you, NFB. I couldn’t have said it any better.

So, now that you’re aware that careers are practically limitless for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, take these next steps:

There, I hope that answers your question!

A Few More Resources Related to Blindness and Employment

Learn About Blindness

Explore Careers for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Securing a First Job As an Individual with Vision Loss


Topics:
Employment
Low Vision
Planning for the Future