Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment

Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment

Visualise Training and Consultancy Ltd offers specialist Visual Impairment Workplace Assessments for employees struggling with sight loss or low vision. Working with the staff member who is blind or partially sighted, we identify challenges experienced in the role and offer practical solutions. This includes elements of risk assessment.
We can conduct these Visual Impairment Assessments at your workplace and also offer virtual alternatives.

Spotting the Signs of Vision Loss

Here are some of the signs indicating sight loss:

  • Becoming clumsy and struggling to navigate the office, shop floor or workplace
  • Difficulty in visually recognising colleagues
  • Finding computer screens, print and handwritten documents difficult to read
  • Eye fatigue or pain, and discomfort with bright lights
  • Experiencing migraines, headaches and/or overall tiredness
  • Difficulties in dark or dim environments and with judging depth

This video explains why a Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment is so important…

Our Virtual or Face to Face Workplace Assessment will Identify:

  • The background history of their sight loss
  • The existing equipment used
  • Health and Safety concerns
  • Advice and guidance for managers
  • Barriers an employee faces due to their visual impairment
  • Specialist visual aids, sight loss resources and equipment needed to carry out duties effectively
  • Training needs for the recommended aids for partially sighted and blind people
  • Impact of environmental factors such as lighting, signage and office layout
  • Reasonable adjustment recommendations, including flexible working, additional breaks and administration of medication
  • Factors affecting the employee’s mobility to, from and within the workplace
  • Installation, configuration and scripting of assistive technology software
  • Referral to social services, charities for the blind and signposting to other useful sight loss links and resources.
  • Companywide provisions, such as visual impairment awareness training for colleagues
  • Home-related factors that may impact workplace performance
  • Emotional support and developing coping strategies

A graphic showing a woman using assistive technology at work to improve accessibility following a workplace assessment

Why and When Should I Commission a Workplace Assessment?

A vision impairment workplace assessment should take place as soon as sight challenges are suspected or identified with a new starter or existing employee. Reasons for sight loss can include illness (for example, diabetes), infection, injury or hereditary eye conditions. Assessments should be updated every two years, or sooner if new barriers are identified.

As a responsible employer, you’ll want to comply with The Equality Act 2010 by making reasonable adjustments to fully accommodate your staff member with sight loss. This results in an employee who feels supported and valued while fully maximising their productivity and wellbeing at work.

Employee with visual impairment in a meeting using assistive technology to read a document

Workplace Adjustment Procedure

Please download and return the workplace assessment referral form at the bottom of this page. On receipt of the completed form, a face-to-face or virtual Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment will be arranged directly with your employee. The procedure is as follows:

  • One of our specialist visual impairment consultants will be assigned the referral.
  • A workplace assessment appointment will be arranged within three working days of initial receipt of the referral.
  • Upon agreeing on a convenient date with you and the employee, the consultant will conduct the assessment.
  • Following the sight loss assessment, a detailed report will be sent within 10 working days to the employer, insurer and/or occupational health provider
Magnification software which blows up text from a book and displays it in an accessible format on a screen

What our clients say…

“I have undergone corneal transplant surgery which has not been a great experience. However, Dan’s input was invaluable during my return to work journey. His assessment was immensely thorough and his expertise and knowledge proved to be very useful and resourceful to me personally, and our business.

I encourage anyone involved in supporting employees with visual impairments to contact Dan as he provides a wealth of information and can help to ensure that managers deliver the correct support to enable employees to retain and develop their roles.

I now look forward to developing my career thanks to Dan’s recommendations which have given me renewed confidence.”

HA – Assistant Manager at a leading UK bank

“I have advanced proliferative diabetic retinopathy in both eyes and was referred for an assessment. Dan had already familiarised himself with my condition, was incredibly knowledgeable about the benefits, support and services available to me and was refreshingly open about sharing his experiences of dealing with his sight loss journey.

He made several recommendations about how my employer could help me and followed up on each of these very promptly. The software and equipment have been ordered and my sensory support social worker has referred me for mobility training on long guide cane use.”

Company Director

“Dan was brilliant from start to finish. The most incredible thing was that he understood from the inside out the difficulties I was experiencing at work and proposed simple solutions to enable me to succeed.

He signposted me to RNIB services and a local charity that could guide me through the process and suggest assistive technology solutions that are real life savers, as well as recommending a support worker. She has been a Godsend, and now instead of working flat out to keep up, she takes the admin tasks from me so I can concentrate on performing my job more effectively,

I would thoroughly recommend Dan because his commitment, understanding and meticulous attention to detail about my individual needs and bespoke solutions were second to none.”

Susie, Hampshire

“From the get-go, your team made me feel comfortable, supported and more than just another client. You truly went above and beyond to support me at a difficult time in my life, being new to sight loss.

I was anxious about having an assessment but you put me at ease and your consultant was very knowledgeable. Thank you for the adjustments you have recommended, they’ve made my working life so much easier!”

George, Customer Service Adviser

“My optician said it was the most comprehensive report he’d seen.”

“It was lovely to have a personal email from Dan, the Founding Director of Visualise. This was my fifth assessment (4 being from another provider) and it was, by far, the most detailed one.”

“My assessor was passionate and friendly. She asked about all my conditions and how they impact my work and personal life. We discussed helpful adjustments and she made excellent recommendations.”

“I didn’t feel like I was being questioned or judged so felt at ease and reassured. The advisor was an absolute star and she covered all areas in detail.”

Man at workstation with large display screen showing large menu icons. He's smiling as his workplace assessment has improved his working life!

Cost

The cost of the assessment and comprehensive report and recommendations is £795 +VAT, plus any travel/accommodation expenses if applicable.

How to make a referral on behalf of someone who has sight loss…

You can make an online referral by using this form – here’s the download link…

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