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Visual Impairment At Work

Visualise This!

Man walks on pavement with a white cane

With the passion and drive for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Visualise Training and Consultancy are a national organisation, providing companies with the tools to recruit and retain employees with a visual impairment.

There are many myths around recruiting someone with a visual impairment! Will it cost lots of money? Would I have to put braille everywhere? Would the employee need to be guided? Is it going to be safe? But in the real world there are many simple, practical solutions that are not expensive to make reasonable adjustments for someone with a visual impairment, it could be something as simple as:-

• Offer to meet someone at the main entrance for the interview
• Changing the font size on a document
• Extra time when completing an assessment/examination
• Ask the person “Is the lighting ok for you?”
• Offer a guide dog owner water for their dog – equally the person attending may need a drink too!

Looking at these small adjustments, the cost equates to zero!

Always discuss with the individual their requirements prior to interview. Don’t be afraid to ask, give them the tools to arrive confidently and ready to impress.
Two fingers of a hand feel some braille

A person with a visual impairment will have the same work ethic as a person with vision… we all have to work! With a few minor adjustments an employee with a visual impairment is fully capable of carrying out their day-to-day duties as they do in their day-to-day life. A person with a visual impairment can be as much of an asset to your organisation as any other employee.

People with visual impairment are employed in all kinds of jobs – some fit quite nicely into the stereotypes, others definitely do not. Blind people find jobs in all areas, some that suit their abilities or interests.

A person who has a visual impairment has had to overcome many barriers on a daily basis – inaccessible transport, people’s perception, lack of accessible information to name but a few. Resilience is not a skill you pick up, like learning to drive, it is a capacity you increase over time when conquering barriers. This enables people to become adaptable, make decisions, problem solve and to develop the courage to push through any barriers they are faced with. This skill set will, in turn, transfer to the workplace.

Visualise carry out holistic workplace and work-based assessments for visually impaired employees in the workplace to enable an employee to carry out their daily tasks with ease. We can also deliver in-house Visual Impairment Awareness Training courses to enable the team to work effectively alongside their colleague with a visual impairment.
For more information, go to www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com

 

Silhouette of a visually impaired man walking using a walking cane

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