Visual Impairment Awareness Training with GetBraille offers visual impairment awareness training for companies looking to make the workplace more inclusive to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This training is offered over Zoom and is geared towards your organization at large (rather than for those who are blind or visually impaired).

This training will increase awareness, reduce stereotypes, and promote inclusion of individuals with visual impairments in the workplace. A good time for your organization to conduct this training is prior to onboarding an employee with a visual impairment. As companies like yours strive to create more inclusive workplaces, it is essential to consider employees with disabilities, including those who are visually impaired.

Fear of the unknown is a normal human reaction. Although media and popular culture is presently doing a better job of portraying individuals with disabilities including visual impairments, many people have never interacted with an individual with a visual impairment one on one. As a result, interacting with individuals who are blind or visually impaired for the first time can be awkward or challenging for many.

By offering visual impairment awareness training, you can:

  • Enable employees to break the ice in a judgment-free environment
  • Answer any questions staff may have by offering facts and proven strategies they can start implementing with their coworkers right away
  • Offer tips and tricks to make your staff’s newest colleague feel right at home

Visual impairment awareness training includes a high-level overview of various topics, such as:

  • Awareness of existing assistive technologies
  • Appropriate accessibility considerations
  • Varying communication techniques

This training may also include simulations to provide a better understanding of what it’s like to navigate the workplace with a visual impairment.

a chart of letters and numbers with their braille characters
A sequence of three pictures. ON the left, a middle aged blind man in sunglasses walks with a black lab holding its harness. They make their way along a paved trail in the woods. In center is a German Shepherd in a blue harness reading "Guide Dog". The shepherd stands at a curb with a person in profile. The dog looks attentively at the street with his ears perked. He has a huge smile on his face and a lolling tongue. On the right is an older lady sitting on a bus bench holding her golden retriever's head as he looks at her lovingly. The dog wears a brown harness.

Why offer visual impairment awareness training?

For starters, a bit of awareness training helps to create a more inclusive workplace. When employees and managers understand and are aware of the challenges faced by their colleagues with visual impairments, they are more likely to be supportive and accommodating. This, in turn, creates a more positive and inclusive work environment.

Also, this training can reduce stereotypes and misconceptions about individuals with visual impairments. Many people may have preconceived notions about what it means to be visually impaired, and such training can help to dispel these stereotypes. This can lead to increased empathy and understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with visual impairments.

Not to mention, offering visual impairment awareness training can promote accessibility in the workplace. When employees and managers are aware of the accessibility considerations required for individuals with visual impairments, they are more likely to take steps to ensure that the workplace is accessible. This can also extend to ensuring products and services provided are also accessible and usable for an individual with a print disability. 

Offering visual impairment awareness training over Zoom is a valuable tool for companies that employ individuals with visual impairments. Such training can promote inclusion, reduce stereotypes, promote accessibility, and improve communication and collaboration.

By investing in a training like this creates a more positive and inclusive work environment and improve outcomes for all employees.