Myths About Employing Blind Employees
Myths about employing blind employees abound in modern society and we would like to dispel this myths. Here we list a few myths about employing blind employees:
#1. There will be injuries
According to research, people who are blind or partially sighted are as safe in the workplace as sighted employees – if not more.
There are very few records about injury claims due to blind employees in the workplace. When a person who is blind enters into the job market they are already well trained in mobility and coordination skills.
#2. Accommodation is costly
Most people who are blind require special accommodations. The costs of these accommodations are not as expensive as most will believe. Not just that, many accommodations are funded by organizations and government.
#3. Work productivity will be low
This isn’t true. When accommodations are available you will find an employee who is blind to be very productive, punctual and loyal. The only difference is that employees who are blind use non-verabal cues such as frowns, smiles and many expressions that they aren’t aware of.
#4. Materials need to be translated into Braille
Believe it or not, only a small percentage of blind readers are well versed in Braille use. In a world of technology, we now see computers that make any type of print available.
#5. You will have to supervise them all the time
According to research, employees who are partially blind need very little supervision. They only require supervision when undertaking specific tasks. Employees who are blind often are highly motivated and success driven people. If you as an employer would like to test this theory, you can give us a call and we will advise on available learnership program you can enter into.
#6. There’s not enough resources for employers
There really is. Just go to skills portal and read their many helpful articles about hiring and accommodating blind people. Action 4 the blind and disabled children also have many tips on employing blind people and learnerships.