We can help you retain a current employee who is losing their sight, and we can help you prepare to take on someone who is blind or partially sighted. We provide helpful services that can be directly requested by employers. These include:

  • work-based assessments – a visit to a workplace, by one of our specialists, to evaluate the potential for equipment, software, and adjustments that would better allow an employee to fulfil their role.
  • visual and disability awareness training.

For further information about any of these services, please visit the relevant pages within this section or contact us via our employment services mailbox: [email protected]

Work-based assessments

A work-based assessment is a visit to the workplace, by a specialist, to recommend equipment, software, and adjustments that would better allow the employee to fulfil their role. We have a wealth of experience in providing assessments specifically for blind and partially sighted people.

Assessments are normally commissioned by an employer or occupational health provider on behalf of an employee who is blind or partially sighted.

Visit our Work-based assessments section.

Visual awareness training

If you employ someone who is blind or partially sighted it can be useful for colleagues and staff to have some visual awareness training. We provide training that offers practical advice and guidance on how to support blind and partially sighted employees. It aims to build participants’ confidence in working with colleagues, staff and customers with sight loss.

The training will cover:

  • the impact of sight loss on daily life
  • communication and etiquette when working with blind and partially sighted people
  • awareness of hazards, how to assist and guide a blind or partially sighted person

Training could be paid for through the Access to Work scheme.