Opsis

Working with blind and partially sighted people

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A survey conducted into why employers do not employ visually impaired people, came up with the following reasons:

    • Employers think they haven’t got the right facilities

 

    • They don’t think that visually impaired people can do the job

 

    • Health and Safety issues e.g. what are reasonable adjustments

 

    • Blind and partially sighted people are too slow

 

    • They will need to provide everything in Braille

 

    • There will be high levels of absenteeism and poor punctuality

 

    • Employers have a stereotypical conception that visually impaired people will have poor appearance (unkempt)

 

  • They will need to provide specialist training which will be too costly

Visually impaired people also have their own concerns about accessing employment:

    • What sort of job can I do?

 

    • Who can help me access employment?

 

    • How can I return to work after being out of the labour market for a long period of time?

 

    • How do I look for jobs when I cannot see the advertisements?

 

    • How do I complete an application form?

 

    • Why would an employer recruit somebody with a visual impairment?

 

    • Will I lose my benefits?

 

    • How will I get to work?

 

    • Will I be discriminated against?

 

    • Will I be able to carry out my role effectively?

 

    • What support will I get?

 

    • Will equipment such as access technology be provided for me?

 

    • Will I need further training?

 

    • How will I get a Support Worker?

 

    • I don’t have the clothes

 

    • My family are a barrier to me accessing employment. They are too protective

 

  • Application forms and job descriptions are not always accessible even when they are in electronic format

For further information, click on Guide to Employment within this section.

 

We would like to thank our strategic partner Latest Formal Wear UK (Deemas Fashion) for supporting and sponsoring Opsis for our upcoming events. Deemas Fashion also planning to arrange a fashion show for Blinds and Partially Sighted girls and guys.