RNIB resources help employers support blind staff

The suite of resources has been created by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) as part of government efforts to support disabled people in the workplace.

Joe Lepper | 21st Mar 19
Disability activist Caroline Casey

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched a programme of resources to help employers support blind and partially sighted staff.

Resources include webinars, good practice toolkits, blogs and guides for making changes.

It also includes a RNIB Workplace Accessibility Health Check, for employers to assess their knowledge of reasonable adjustments that can be made to help those with sight loss do their job.

The charity’s set of resources have been created as part of the Department for Work and Pensions Disability Confident accreditation and support scheme to help businesses attract, recruit and retain disabled employees.

Only one in four blind people in work

“Although employment rates are at a record high, just one in four blind or partially sighted people are in work, which is a waste of valuable talent and skills in the UK workforce,” said RNIB Director of Services David Clarke.

“As well as helpful advice and best practice, our new suite of resources includes examples of people who are registered blind in a range of different roles – proving that people with sight loss can be graphic designers, film-makers and accountants.

“With the right support, visually impaired people can thrive in the workplace and make a significant contribution to businesses in almost all employment sectors. We just need employers to realise the unique commercial value that blind and partially sighted employees can undoubtedly bring to their businesses.”

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd, added: “My father’s blindness was a normal part of my family’s life and I have huge admiration for RNIB’s work. I am particularly proud to have them on board with Disability Confident.

“Far too many blind and partially sighted people are missing the opportunity to develop their talents and connect with the world of work. By working together with RNIB we will remove barriers and create the opportunities that blind and partially sighted people expect and deserve.”

The suite of resources is available via the RNIB’s website and was launched this week at an event in London, where speakers included blind disability activist and management consultant Caroline Casey. The programme runs until March 29.