National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI)

Mississippi State University


Welcome to the National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI). The NTAC-BVI is the place to go to get information about hiring, retaining and promoting your employees who have blindness and low vision. For more information on specific topics, please see the menu on the right.

How Blind Workers Perform Tasks

Have you ever wondered how blind employees can accomplish common workplace tasks? New research from the NRTC sheds light onto employers’ knowledge regarding adaptive technology. Take our quiz to see how your own knowledge stacks up!

View these videos to learn more about how blind employees perform workplace tasks.

Common Myths

Check your knowledge and understanding with this true false quiz:

  1. People who are blind cannot be held to the same level of productivity as someone who is sighted.
  2. There is no special technology to allow someone who is blind or visually impaired to access a computer.
  3. If I hire someone with a visual impairment, the person will need a lot of expensive equipment that I will be responsible to buy.
  4. A person who is blind and has no vision will never be able to contribute substantially to my company.
  5. Braille is obsolete now that there are computers.
  6. I will have to be involved in doing a lot of extra activities for an employee who is blind, like taking them to lunch or helping them find files.
  7. Blind employees will be so limited as to what they are able to do. If there is a travel assignment to a conference, they will not be able to go.
  8. I have all sorts of concerns and questions about a visually impaired employee’s ability to do the job, but I cannot legally ask him or her.
  9. People who are blind are a risk on the job and have more accidents. My insurance will skyrocket.
  10. I am uncomfortable around people who are blind and I don’t want to offend them.

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On the Job

Erich in his home office

Erich Manser has been employed by Hewlett Packard (HP) as an Inside Sales Specialist for HP Workstations since 2006. He has worked for HP for 10 years, initially as a generalist in product lines. His vision loss is the result of retinitis pigmentosa and cataracts. He is legally blind, but has some remaining vision. He has a BA in Psychology from Northeastern University in Massachusetts. He describes his work experience at HP as very positive... Continue Reading

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