Supporting colleagues with visual impairments

These simple, practical tips will help to make our workplace more inclusive, so all staff feel comfortable.

A green illustration showing icons for a map, a person talking and a desk.

Print an inclusive poster for your office

Download the poster (PDF)
A green illustration showing a desk.

Be tidy, and be mindful of workplace clutter.
Think about drawers, bins or cables that might be a hazard if they can’t be seen.

A green illustration showing an exclamation mark.

Don’t move someone’s belongings without asking.
Also, avoid changing where things are kept without letting people know.

A green illustration showing a person speaking.

Always greet colleagues with sight loss.
Announcing yourself by name lets them know who is talking to them.

A green illustration showing speech bubbles.

When starting a new conversation, address your colleague by name.
This will let them know you’re talking to them.

A green illustration showing question mark.

Be as clear as possible with everything you say.
Remember, your colleague may not be able to see your facial expressions.

A green illustration showing speech bubbles with the words hello, look and see.

Feel free to use words such as ‘see’ and ‘look’.
People with visual impairments are unlikely to be offended.

A green illustration showing a map.

Think about providing orientation training.
This will help any new colleagues to find their way around the office.

A green illustration showing two people.

Always speak directly to your colleague about how you can support them.
Avoid making assumptions about a person’s capabilities.

More about supporting colleagues with disabilities

Return to main page