Wednesday, December 6, 2023

ADA Protections for Persons with Visual Impairments at Work

Persons can be visually impaired at any age, for many reasons and at many levels from low vision to total blindness. While some work in jobs for which they do not need accommodations, many do need to use assistive technology to perform job tasks.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes some guarantees about employment that apply to persons with visual impairments. You don’t have to reveal your visual disability. There are certain types of questions an employer can’t ask when you are applying for a job, although they can ask medical related questions after you’ve received a conditional job offer. Your employer cannot explain to your coworkers why you are using a reasonable accommodation to fulfill your job tasks. 

For more information about the ADA’s rules concerning an employer’s questions about your disability, confidentiality, and reasonable accommodations for job applicants and employees, look at this new publication which includes illustrative examples for each point from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“Visual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act”

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