An employment assessment toolkit for professionals who work with blind and partially sighted people.

This toolkit is for employment professionals who work with blind and partially sighted people and is made up of two documents.

  1. The assessment tool is a set of questions which will help you to gain a clear understanding of what the person's aspirations and abilities are in relation to employment, and what types of support and development are needed to help fulfil these.

  2. The action plan development document enables you to combine answers to selected questions in order to assign the person to one of five levels. The assigned level can be helpful to communicate to blind and partially sighted people the steps they need to take, which will lead to paid or voluntary work. It can also help communicate progress they have made over time.

Full details of how to use the toolkit are given within the documents.


Assessment tool

The Assessment tool is available to download in four different formats: PDF, Word, Word non-breaking table, and Word text only.

Action Plan

This toolkit is copyright RNIB 2013, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence.

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Developing the Employment assessment toolkit

Between 2010 and 2013, RNIB and the University of Birmingham carried out a three-year, action-based research project to help improve the employment prospects of blind and partially sighted people. Working alongside a group of employment specialists and approximately 100 blind and partially sighted people, we designed and tested:

  • a standard assessment model that has increased our understanding of the skills, aspirations and barriers to employment of blind and partially sighted people
  • innovative support strategies for those furthest from the labour market, which has helped inform how we deliver services for blind and partially sighted people seeking work.

The design of the employment assessment toolkit was based on an iterative, feedback and evaluative model, to ensure that employment advisers and blind and partially sighted job seekers were at the heart of its development.

Download our summary report, which outlines the project's key findings, main activities and impact:

The full enabler research report is available in our employment research section.