RNIB launches workplace support resources
original post – Optometry Today, Andrew McClean
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched new resources to help employers support blind and partially sighted people in the workplace. The resources have been launched as part of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, which supports businesses to attract, recruit and retain disabled employees. Director of services at the RNIB, David Clarke, highlighted that despite employment numbers being at a record high, just one in four blind or partially people are in work.
“With the right support, visually impaired people can thrive in the workplace and make a significant contribution to businesses in almost all employment sectors. We just need employers to realise the unique commercial value that blind and partially sighted employees can undoubtedly bring to their businesses,” he said. The resources include webinars, good practice toolkits, guides to making changes and blogs. It was launched on Tuesday (19 March) at an event in London hosted by insurance company Zurich.
Blind disability activist and management consultant, Caroline Casey (pictured), gave the keynote speech. The RNIB highlighted that current Government targets aim to have one million disabled people in the workplace by 2027, but the secretary of state for work and pensions, Amber Rudd, has committed to reviewing targets on disability employment.
Ms Rudd said: “My father’s blindness was a normal part of my family’s life and I have huge admiration for the RNIB’s work. I am particularly proud to have it on board with Disability Confident.”
“Far too many blind and partially sighted people are missing the opportunity to develop their talents and connect with the world of work. By working together with the RNIB, we will remove barriers and create the opportunities that blind and partially sighted people expect and deserve,” she added.