Losing your sight doesn't have to mean losing the opportunity to achieve meaningful employment or pursue your career dreams.
Here are some tips that could help you make a decision on moving forward in your career:
Deciding whether to change careers.
Are you still capable of completing the essential functions of your job? If the answer is “no,” ask yourself:
- Are there tools and technologies that could help me keep my job? New assistive technologies for people with sight loss are coming to the market constantly, with tools to help you with daily tasks.
- Could I move into another position or transition into a related role in my company? Think about other roles within your company. Speak to your employer or supervisor about transitioning to another position. For example, someone who works as a fashion designer may move into fashion merchandising or purchasing.
- Am I ready to pursue a different line of work?
If these options won’t work for you, don't give up. Your future career might be different from the one you had mapped out for yourself, but it can be just as rewarding.
Educating your employer
Sometimes all it takes to keep your current job after sight loss are a few small accommodations and some flexibility from your employer. That could mean assistive technologies, or ensuring your workspace is accessible. Communication goes a long way towards making sure you have what you need to do your job successfully.
Standing up for your rights
If you feel you've been unfairly disciplined or dismissed because of your sight loss, you may be entitled to pursue legal action. Check out these resources: