Workplace Accommodations for the Blind and Disabled

Workplace Accommodations for the Blind and Disabled

Workplace accommodations for the blind and disabled is not an expensive activity. It is never easy for a disabled person to disclose their disability when searching for a job. Some disabilities are not even visible or obvious, but they do limit the persons daily life.

It is against the law to discriminate against a person with disabilities and employers have to consider the person is capable to do the job and not focus on the disability. The job applicant must meet the criteria for the job, such as:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Experience
  • Skills
  • Necessary licenses

If you are disabled, you can ask for reasonable accommodation from your employer to do the job. The employer is required by law to provide access to accommodations.

There are employers that understand that they need to accommodate people with disabilities by law, but they may not know presicely what is needed. As a disabled person, you have the right to request accommodation before you are employed and during employment.

 As a disabled employee it is your responsibility to ask for workplace accommodations. Its as easy as putting in a request with your Human Resources Manager. Write a short letter about how the accommodation will help you to perform the tasks given.

 The supervisor or human resources manager will evaluate your request and if necessary discuss alternative methods with you.

 A reasonable accommodation is the following:

  • Access to adaptive technologies
  • Equipment such as large computer screen
  • Scheduling considerations
  • Coming to work late one day per week due to doctor appointment
  • Work in a quiet office
  • An interpreter or assistant
  • Modified job duties
  • Accessible facilities
  • Modified equipment
  • Modified training materials and policies

 We at Action are aware that the unemployment rate is the worst for disabled people. We are that serious about empowering people with disabilities that most our staff are in fact disabled.

 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