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Thursday 19 July 2012

Employers 'not familiar' with disability legislation

Many companies are not doing enough to ensure that they are complying with the necessary regulation when employing blind and visually impaired people, one expert has stated.

A spokeswoman for CLARITY - Employment for Blind People, said there is still "a long way to go" towards educating employers about blindness and visual disability.

She said that it is far from impossible for people to work, with many being well-qualified and have the skills to meet their necessary requirements, and only perhaps requiring support with technology and software to make it possible for them to do their jobs.

"It is also felt that employers are not familiar with disability legislation and the Disability Discrimination Act, and understanding in this will enable both visually-impaired and sighted people to work together," the representative added.

Recently, Shaun Williams, director of corporate affairs for Leonard Cheshire Disability, said often employers do not know how to handle the employment of disabled people and therefore shy away from doing so, not necessarily out of prejudice, but out of lack of knowledge.

However, he noted that this problem could reflect a false perception on the part of employers about the high costs of introducing a reasonable adjustment required by a disabled employee.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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