If you're currently employed and have recently been diagnosed with a visual impairment, you should contact theAccess to Work scheme.
Access to Work is a scheme run by Jobcentre Plus that provides advice and support about what equipment and adjustments may be required to enable you to do your job.
They also offer a grant to contribute towards the costs of any equipment or training you may need, such as voice recognition software, a Braille keyboard and display unit and a printer that can convert text into Braille (Braille embossers).
Depending on the size of the company you work for, the grant can pay for 80-100% of costs, up to 10,000.
If you're currently looking for work, there are three main organisations that can provide extra advice and support:
You don't have to disclose that you have a visual impairment when applying for a job, but it'susually recommended that you do.
If you feel you've been turned down for a job because of your disability, and you were capable of doing the job, you can make a complaint under the Equality Act 2010.
Some people with a visual impairment decide to become self-employed, often because it allows them the flexibility to work at home for hours they choose.
Action for Blind People has self-employment advisers who can provide information and training on issues such as drawing up a business plan, obtaining funding and book-keeping.
The RNIB website hasmore information and advice aboutwork and employment. You can also read more about employmenton the Action for Blind People website.
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If you're currently employed and have recently been diagnosed with a visual impairment, you should contact theAccess to Work scheme. Access to Work is a scheme run by Jobcentre Plus that provides advi