Experiencing sight loss can be difficult and isolating, especially if you think your job may be in jeopardy, or you're unsure if you can continue working.
Here are some tips that could help you make a decision on how to move forward in your career:
1. Deciding whether to change careers
Determine whether you're 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. There are many tools available to help people with daily tasks.
- Could I move into another position or transition into a related role in my company? If it's not possible for you to do your job because of sight loss, think about other roles within your company. Speak to your employer or supervisor about transitioning to another position. Someone who works as a fashion designer may consider moving into fashion merchandising or purchasing. It may take extra training or education, but it’s worth it if you have a passion for your industry.
- Am I ready to pursue a different line of work? If these options won’t work for you, don't give up. Losing your sight doesn't have to mean losing out on the opportunity to achieve meaningful employment or pursue career dreams. Your future career might be different from the one you had mapped out for yourself, but it can be just as rewarding.
2. 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. Whether your employer provides you with the necessary assistive technologies, or they ensure your workspace is accessible, communication goes a long way in ensuring you have what you need to do your job successfully.
3. 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. Here are a few resources that may help: