There is an amazing range of assistive technologies available which can open up the world of work to blind and partially sighted people.
In particular these help blind and partially sighted people access computers and read printed documents. Some of the many ways in which employers can support staff by making simple adaptations or investing in assistive technology are summarised below.
There are many ways in which partially sighted people can adapt computers to make them easier to use.
It is quite possible for someone with little or no vision to use a computer.
Find our more about this in our computers and tablets section.
RNIB can help you assess which assistive technologies would be appropriate for your employees as part of our work-based assessments. We can also provide bespoke one to one assistive technology training.
You can also browse the wide range of assistive technology available to buy through the RNIB Online Shop.
If your organisation employs, or is due to take on, someone who is blind or partially sighted, they may need to use access software. The following factsheet is designed to help your IT staff test the compatibility of access software with your organisation's IT applications:
For advice on how to create large and clear print documents, and ensure that websites, Excel spread sheets, forms and Word documents are accessible, visit our Ask RNIB Accessibility at work FAQs.
Our online shop offers a range of products that can help support blind and partially sighted peopleCheck out our online shop