Vision impairment and computing

This factsheet gives an overview of some of the main ways computers can be adapted to help anyone with a visual impairment. Some of these accessibility features are built into standard computers.

Advances in assistive technology are opening up a world of productive possibilities for blind and partially sighted people in work and education, and at home. Finding the right technological ‘solution’ for anyone with a visual impairment can enable them to carry out a wide range of computing tasks very effectively. It can help to advance their career, increase their independence and self-esteem, and to combat social isolation.

Employers have a ‘duty of care’ to all their employees and, under the Equality Act 2010, must also make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to prevent discrimination against disabled staff. Adapting computer hardware and software to ensure that visually impaired members of staff are not disadvantaged in the workplace helps to retain valued employees and improve productivity.

Section 9 gives details of the services that AbilityNet provides to assist businesses, charities and individuals with identifying and realising the best possible solution for their particular situation and needs.

Links to other helpful resources, including specialist suppliers, are given in Section 10.

For step by step help customising your computer settings please look at the My Computer My Way section on our website.

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