In 2017, based on statistics derived from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are 3,869,339 individuals ages 18 to 64 with vision disabilities living in the community. Amongst working-age blind adults, one leading barrier is not knowing how to use Braille, a skill which has been found to be correlated with successful employment outcomes for those with blindness. The following links are workplace resources targeted for this population.
Overview of Blindness- The term “blindness” generally refers to a lack of usable vision. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides an overview of blindness and strategies to accommodate employees with this disability.
NFB Resources- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) shares resources and a training center directory to support individuals build blindness skills and encourage independence.
NTAC-BVI Resources- The National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI) housed at Mississippi State University shares tools and resources to help improve employment outcomes for this targeted population. This site includes an “Ask The Experts Tab” to support employers, service providers, and individuals with vision loss.
EEOC Guidance- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) outlines guidance surrounding blindness and vision impairments in the workplace.