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.

Do you have an employee who is experiencing vision loss?

Working with an employee who experiences vision loss can initially be challenging for human resources (HR) managers and supervisors unfamiliar with blindness or low vision, especially if unaware of the various accommodations available to assist persons with vision loss in completing job duties. This guide provides useful information and guidance for HR staff who are helping employees who experience vision loss maintain employment.

HR Guide - PDF
HR Guide Formatted for Booklet - PDF
How to print HR Guide as a booklet - PDF

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 Braille is obsolete now that there are computers.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

Sam Joehl sits at his computer desk wearing a beanie

From the beginning, Sam Joehl’s career was shaped by technology. While this influence wasn’t always positive, he overcame early setbacks to forge a thriving career in digital accessibility... Continue Reading

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