Equality Act or Disability Discrimination Act
If you disclose your disability during the application process, and then feel you have been treated unfairly, you can make a complaint under the Equality Act 2010 or if you are in Northern Ireland the Disability Discrimination Act. However, if you have not told the employer about your disability it may be possible for them to say that they did not know about it and could not have been expected to make any adjustments.
In addition, if you have disclosed the fact that you are blind or partially sighted, the employer cannot lawfully refuse to employ you because of your sight without a genuine occupational reason.
Access to Work scheme
You can get funding from Access to Work for any specialist equipment or extra transport costs and help with work related obstacles resulting from a disability. Employers are often worried about the potential costs of taking on a disabled employee and many are not aware of the Access to Work scheme. By openly disclosing your disability you will be able to raise your employer's awareness about the support that is available and allow them to focus on your skills and abilities.
Equal opportunities policies
Some employers are signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. The scheme is designed to help employers recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. Also, look out for positive statements about disability on an employer’s equal opportunities policy. In some cases, your disability may be viewed as an additional qualification.
Position of trust
It is worth bearing in mind that when applying for a job, many employers require you to be truthful in all aspects of the application form and may say that any non-disclosure is a justified reason for dismissal.
Positive aspects of your disability
Your disability may also have provided you with unique experiences that may be useful in the workplace. For example, your sight loss may mean that you have acquired excellent IT skills through the use of access technology or that you have developed excellent organisational skills.