Find answers to common questions employers ask about workers who are blind or have low vision.
Often when we think of blindness we think of a person who has no vision at all, but how much can a person see and still be considered blind?
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With appropriate training and equipment, people who are blind or visually impaired have the same range of abilities as anyone else. There are no “jobs for blind people.”
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People who are B/LV work successfully in many fields. The problem-solving skills and can-do attitude B/LV people use to cope with their disability make them tenacious employees who know how to think creatively about challenges they encounter.
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When hiring, employers want to know if an applicant has the necessary skills, experience, education, or other background to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. The same holds true when hiring a person who is blind or has low vision (B/LV).
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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, such as blindness or low vision (B/LV). The ADA also outlaws discrimination against B/LV individuals in state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications.
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Employees experience vision loss due to illness, accidents, or aging. As an employer, there are steps you can take to help your employee remain on the job as a valued and productive member of the team.
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