A career planning and employment resource for people who are blind or partially sighted

Workplace Accommodations

Workplace accommodations are the tools, equipment, and environmental modifications that make work sites accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted. People who are blind and partially sighted need workplace accommodations because work sites are usually designed for people with full vision. In many countries, legislation requires employers to make their worksites accessible to people with disabilities.

In this section you can read about workplace accommodations for workers who are blind or workplace accommodations for workers who are partially sighted. While some of the tools and strategies mentioned in these articles overlap, there are fundamental differences in the needs of workers who are blind and those who are partially sighted. If you are blind, you understand that you need both auditory and tactual input to fully understand what’s going on around you and to access materials that most people access with vision.

If you are partially sighted, you may use vision as well as auditory and tactual techniques and tools to analyze what’s going on in your environment. These articles can help you consider the most important tools and techniques as you prepare to enter the working world.

You may also want to visit the Success Stories section and watch Carla’s video to see how she has addressed her workplace accommodation needs.