We helped Fitim keep working. But the job's not done.
Fitim has worked as a waiter in the same restaurant for 16 years. Not only is he good at his job, he loves it. But, when he lost most of his sight to macular degeneration two years ago, he worried he would lose both his job and his livelihood.
With our support Fitim could return to work. But there are many more people who need our help.
There's work to do
Fitim’s story, and many hundreds more examples, show us how – with support and some minor adjustments – sight loss shouldn't mean job loss.
Last year, we helped 717 blind and partially sighted people stay in work but, with only 1 in 4 people of working age who have sight loss in employment, there is so much more to do.
Together, we can provide more blind and partially sighted people like Fitim with the tools and support they need to ensure sight loss doesn’t mean job loss.
How your donation helps
£5 could help someone coming to terms with sight loss receive emotional support and practical advice, over the phone or online, through our Sight Loss Advice Service.
£10 could help provide in depth, life-changing employment advice to someone recently diagnosed with a sight condition, enabling them to remain in their current job.
£15 could enable an employer to receive training and guidance on how to recruit and retain blind and partially sighted people in the workplace.
Fitim’s story: keeping the job you love
Fitim lost his central vision after having an emergency operation for a detached retina. He had a further procedure and laser treatment, but, devastatingly, his sight did not recover.
“It was like the end of my world,” he explained. For several months, Fitim was on sick leave and felt very isolated.
Fortunately, Fitim contacted a member of our Sight Loss Advice team, who then referred him to Emma, one of our specialist Employment Advisers. Emma carried out a workplace assessment and suggested some practical solutions to help Fitim do his job.
With just a few minor adjustments - including changing the area of the restaurant where Fitim worked, and sourcing a tablet for taking customers’ orders - Fitim could return to work.
Now, not only does Fitim have financial independence again, but he has also rebuilt his confidence. “I missed my job,” he said. “So, when I started working again, I was over the moon.”
Thank you for giving me my life back. Sight loss doesn't have to mean job loss, so will you please help others like me get back to work?
How we help people like Fitim
When someone loses their sight, it can have a devastating impact on every part of their life. In particular, it can affect their ability to find work, especially if it is their first job.
Our specialist employment team helps people overcome the barriers to entering the workforce. Our Sight Loss Advisers also provide a more holistic service, supporting people as they come to terms with their eye condition and help them find solutions to daily challenges.
We also work with employers and the public to challenge the misconception that sight loss is a barrier to work.
See what people with sight loss can do
So many people in our society assume that sight loss equals job loss – but it’s simply not true. We want to change attitudes about the types of jobs blind and partially sighted people can do.
Watch our video to see what we can do.