Myths About Employing People with Vision Loss

Myths about employing people with vision loss. Every year more and more South Africans are suffering with vision loss. One in three adults with vision loss is employed.

So why consider employing an employee with vision loss?

These employees have positive traits. They are loyal and grateful to their employees and prove so in all they do.

There are still many myths about employing people with vision loss, which is unfair to the blind job seeker.

Myth #1. Work related injuries will increase

According to research, this isn’t true. Employees who are blind or partially blind are as safe as any sighted employee. There are few if any claims for injuries of blind employees. The truth is that employees who are visually impaired have good coordination and mobility skills. You will not find a blind person seeking work if they are not skilled.

Myth #2. Accomodations are expensive

This isn’t true. There are organizations and government funding in place for such accommodations in the workplace. With these disability grants and donations, employees do not need to fork out a whole lot.

Myth #3.  Productivity is lower

This will not be the case when accommodations are made and you can expect employees with vision loss to be capable, attentive and honest in all they do.

 The only real difference is that they will prefer verbal and written feedback.

Myth #4. Braille translation is a requirement

Only a few blind employees are well versed in Braille. Thankfully, technology and computers have made all types of print accessible. There is software that can translate print to speech, magnify screens and enlarge text.

 Myth #5. Supervision is needed the entire day

Blind employees do not need more supervision. They may only need it for specific tasks that they haven’t done before. Employees with vision loss are very determined to succeed and can run with a task if they have correct instruction and devices. They work well in a team and independently.

For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za