There is a lot of additional support available to employers who hire people with disability, including those who are blind or vision impaired.
This support can include:
Disability Employment Services (DES)
A DES provider can assist you to recruit people with disability to work for your organisation. They may be able to provide on-the-job training to the successful candidates and ongoing support to resolve any issues for you and the employee. There may also be financial incentives available to your organisation under some circumstances.
For more information about DES providers, visit the Department of Social Services website.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) exists to support people with disability to live a normal life. Not all people who are blind or vision impaired have access to the NDIS. For those that do, they may be able to utilise the funding in their plan to support them to succeed in employment.
The NDIS also provides the School Leaver Employment Service – a program specifically for recent school leavers to support them in their search for work.
More information about how the NDIS can assist people with disability at work can be found HERE.
Job Access is a program run by the Department of Social Services that supports people with disability to succeed in employment by covering the costs of the reasonable adjustments they may need to undertake their job. Job Access provides workplace assessments and can assist with the recommendation and purchase of assistive technology, and training in its use.
More information is available HERE.