With some adaptations and a supportive employer, finding and retaining work is possible. Few people with sight loss find it an easy ride so it is worth knowing about some of the schemes and organisations that can help. Knowing about available assistive technology and your rights is useful too.
The Access to Work scheme provides advice and support to help you overcome work-related obstacles so you can start working, stay in work or start your own business. It can also give you grants towards extra employment costs including equipment and adaptations to premises and existing equipment. You may also be able to get help with fares to work if you can’t use public transport and a support worker to help you in your workplace or with job interviews.
The scheme is designed to meet the additional costs an employer might incur by employing a disabled person and to meet the requirements of a disabled person so as they can carry out their role effectively. It is only available in England, Wales and Scotland.
The links below provide more informayion on the Access to Work scheme and how it works.
Action for Blind People can provide:
If you are based in England you can call their employment line on 0800 440 2255. It is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The line is available to blind and partially sighted job seekers, their friends, family, employers, and those at risk of losing their job.
If you prefer you can also email their Employment Line at firstname.lastname@example.org
They have local teams which you can contact to speak to an employment advisor.
Blind in Business specialises in supporting blind or partially sighted undergraduates or graduates looking for support in finding work. They also give support to those losing their sight who are already in employment. In addition they work with schools, parents and employers.
Tel: 0207 588 1885