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For working-aged adults, vision loss can be seem like the end of their careers. However, many adults with vision loss continue to succeed in their careers. Here are tips on how to adjust your workspace to your visual impairment.

First Step:
The first step in adapting your workplace is to learn more about your condition and how much of your sight is workable. From there, it is essential to evaluate your work responsibilities. What are the work responsibilities that you can no longer accomplish vs. the work responsibilities that require adaptions to your workplace? Should you continue to work, retire, or take disability benefits? When it comes to deciding your next steps, it is important to take time to consider your next decision.

Workplace Adaptations:
If there are any responsibilities that you can no longer accomplish due to vision loss, asking a coworker to exchange work responsibilities, also known as job sharing, is a possibility to ensure that all work responsibilities are met. Making adaptions to your workplace can take many different routes, ranging from experimenting with different lighting, relabeling materials in large print, or using a low vision device. The key is figuring out which methods work best for you.

Vision Related Services:
When first making adjustments to your workplace, you will need to reach out to a specialist for the answers to these questions. Below are recommended rehabilitation professionals that will assist you with every aspect of your vision loss:

An orientation & mobility specialist can help you navigate independently in your workplace and to your job.

A low vision specialist can help you figure out how to adjust your workspace and your work responsibilities.

  • A vision rehabilitation therapist can help with developing organizational skills, ready and management.
  • An occupational therapist can train you to develop or improve skills needed for daily living.
  • A social worker can help provide support services as you learn to navigate your workspace.
  • A technology-training specialist can teach you how to use adaptive technology such as text-to-speech software and screen magnifiers.

With these tips, we hope you feel confident enough to re-organize your workspace, but if you still have questions, you can contact us at (315) 797-2233 for more information.

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