Changes in your sight doesn't mean losing the opportunity to achieve meaningful employment or pursue your career dreams.
Here are tips that can help you move forward in your career:
Educating your employer
Sometimes it just takes a conversation. Opening a discussion with your employer about the accommodations you need can go a long way towards making sure you have the ability to do your job successfully.
Need help starting the conversation? Reach out to our Career and Employment team.
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. Check out our Workflow Task Analysis for up to date information relevant to your position.
- 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.
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: