- 20 May 2016
Back to Expert series blog
Andy White, Employment and Working Age Manager at RNIB discusses how to become confident about employing a blind or partially sighted person.
Are you a disability confident
employer? RNIB can help you recruit someone who is blind or partially sighted, or retain a current employee who is losing their sight.
Advances in technology mean that you can help blind and partially sighted people overcome many of the barriers to work that they faced in the past, and government schemes like Access to Work
mean that many of the costs can be met.
We understand that, as business, you may have concerns about taking on someone with sight loss, or about an existing employee who is losing their sight.
We have therefore produced a guide to employing someone with sight loss
. It covers everything you need to know, from the recruitment and interview process, to making sure an employee has the right equipment in place to carry out their role.
There are simple steps you can take to ensure that a blind or partially sighted employee is an asset to your organisation.
There are blind and partially sighted secretaries, car mechanics, nurses, scientists, stockbrokers, MPs, journalists, web designers and teachers. Just like any other worker, they will need the right tools to do the job – in this case additional tools that reduce or eliminate the need for eyesight.
Employing a blind or partially sighted person will send out a message that your organisation is committed to equality. Having a culturally and socially diverse team with a range of different skills and backgrounds will give you an edge in today’s competitive marketplace.
Alternatively, contact us via email at [email protected]
, or ring our Employment Line on 0800 440 2255