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Support workers

An RNIB guide explaining what are support workers and how can they can assist blind and partially sighted employees.

Despite the wide range of assistive technology available you may still require assistance with some aspects of your work. A support worker may be able to help you with these tasks.

Possible areas of support

Your exact needs for using a support worker will depend on your area of work, but generally a support worker will be able to offer help with:

  • reading
  • completing tasks that need to be hand-written
  • driving
  • guiding
  • describing diagrams.


The Access to Work scheme (AtW) covers all the costs of recruiting and employing a support worker.

Employing a support worker

If you secure funding from AtW, there are several options available to recruit and mange a support worker. For information on recruiting, employing, and managing a support worker, download our staying in work factsheet.