There are almost 2 million people in the UK that are living with sight loss. Of these, approximately 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted.
Visual impairments affect a huge variety of people, some of whom have been blind since birth, and others that develop blindness later in life. Blind or partially sighted people should not be excluded from employment opportunities, nor should loss of sight result in dismissal.
Careers sight for people with blindness or low vision
People with a vision impairment can do many of the jobs that sighted people do. This includes work as politicians, teachers, authors, actors, bankers and managers to mention just a few.
The only roles that people with vision impairments might not be permitted to work in are those where adequate levels of eyesight are required by law or for health and safety reasons. These jobs include lorry drivers and airplane pilots.
Advances in technology have allowed for people with vision impairments to overcome many barriers in employment previously faced in the past. It is becomingly increasingly possible for people who are blind or have low vision to perform the roles that sighted people do with the use of technology and specialist equipment.
Suppose you have a vision impairment and are looking for employment opportunities. Careers with Disabilities can provide you with the guidance and resources you need to achieve a successful career and reach your future potential.
If you need help getting started with your job search, take the time to explore our resources outlining the range of career opportunities available. Before you begin the application process, use our document library to find tips and advice on writing a stand-out CV and cover letter.
There is no certain way to identify specific employers as disability-friendly or not. However, if this is an integral part of your job search, then take the time to research employers registered with the Disability Confident scheme. The Disability Confident scheme helps employers recruit and retain disabled people for their skills and talent.
For additional information and to access a range of support, visit the Royal Institute of Blind People career pages.
Advice for employers
Whether you are an employer looking to retain an employing who is losing their sight, or need help with hiring someone who is blind or partially sighted, Careers with Disabilities can provide the advice and resources you need.
First and foremost, it is essential to ensure your recruitment process is accessible to people with a vision impairment. This could include offering your application forms in an alternative format, whether that be braille or allowing the candidate to apply over the phone.
If one of your employees is losing their sight, Careers with Disabilities encourages you to make the necessary accommodations required to maintain their employment. Retaining an employee who is losing their sight means your business will continue to benefit from their skills, knowledge and expertise they have built up over their time in employment. Moreover, a diversity of people within your team can bring additional benefits to your business.
As well as offering assistance to help employers take on disabled employees, the Access to Work scheme can support employers in retaining employees that develop a disability or long-term condition, such as loss of sight.
This could include additional funding required to make the provisions they need. Find out more about how your business could benefit from the Access to Work scheme through the government website.