Resources for Employers

Hire People Who Are Blind

Are you an employer seeking skilled, dedicated and motivated employees? Make sure to include people who are blind or visually impaired in your search for talent.

Assistive technology has leveled the playing field for people who are blind, allowing them a wide range of career options. However, despite continued gains in employment, working-age Americans who are blind remain one of the nation’s greatest untapped resources. Nearly 70 percent of Americans who are blind are not employed.

Some employers wrongly assume they will have to invest a lot of money to set up a work environment that accommodates people who are blind. In reality, the cost is often nominal, according to data from a study by the Job Accommodation Network, a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Hiring employees who are blind can positively impact the workplace in many ways.  From a business standpoint, employing people with visual impairments increases the potential for tax incentives and promotes diversity. Additionally, the overall integrity and strength of a company increases through employee morale, inclusion and fairness in employment hiring practices.

How Can We Help You?

If you’re interested in hiring someone who is blind, NIB can help you to:

  • Educate managers about how to bring new employees who are blind on board
  • Assess the candidate’s skill level and assistive technology needs
  • Get advice on technology accessibility issues
  • Find resources for mobility instruction      

Contact Us

To learn more, contact Billy Parker, program director, Employment Support Services, at 703-310-0560 or bparker@nib.org.