Creating an accessible workplace for a person who is blind or vision impaired is very similar to creating a safe and accessible workplace for any other employee; it’s not hard and with some forethought and consideration, it is something that can be achieved quickly and easily.
- Ensure there is adequate lighting in all areas of the office, including in workspaces, meeting rooms, staff amenities, hallways and stairwells. Keep luminosity consistent throughout the office.
- Take steps to reduce glare from glass windows and doors and computer screens. This could involve installing blinds or arranging workspaces in a way that reduces the glare while still allowing for natural light to illuminate the space.
- Keep walkways and exit paths free of clutter and materials. Encourage employees to push their chairs in when they leave their desk and ensure they always close cupboard doors and drawers.
- Ensure that accessibility of products and equipment is considered at the procurement stage for all office items. For more information on Procurement, have a look at this document.
- Maintain accessible information. The majority of PDF’s are not accessible using screen reading technology. Ensure that electronic resources are available in word format to increase their readability. For more information on creating accessible documents, read these guidelines.
- If you’re planning a social activity, conference or event ensure that the location and activities are things that all staff can participate in.