How Employers Should Treat Blind And Visually Impaired People

ConferenceThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people who are blind, visually impaired, or have other disabilities.  Here are some of its requirements:
  • Employers may not ask applicants about their vision or treatment
  • Applicants are not required to disclose visual impairments
  • After an employer has offered a job to an applicant, and the applicant discloses their vision impairment, the employer may then ask the applicant about their vision limitations and what accommodations they need
  • An employer may only ask an employee about their vision impairment when it knows about the impairment, observes performance issues, and believes those issues are related to the visual impairment
  • Employers must keep confidential any medical information it discovers about an applicant or employee

Blindness and Vision Impairments in the Workplace and the ADA

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