The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in January 2022 announced the release of the Workplace Technology Study, a new report examining how technology in the workplace influences the experiences of workers who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind. AFB Research staff have been engaged in focus groups, a survey, and interviews to gather data to identify the workplace technology barriers faced by blind and low vision individuals, the consequences of them, and solutions that will lead to positive employment outcomes. Using a multi-pronged research approach to gather both quantitative and qualitative data, we will be able to support HR professionals, IT personnel, supervisors, and co-workers to better understand how people with vision loss can do their jobs when needed accommodations are in place throughout one’s work experience.
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“When I cannot read materials [at work trainings], I can’t participate. Sometimes people assume I can’t participate because I’m blind, when the real issue is that the materials either were not provided or aren’t accessible. All of this hinders my career advancement and my ability to learn new skills and technology. I have to constantly find new ways of [...]