Enabling positive work outcomes for people with low vision: two case studies

Work. 2014 Jan 1;47(3):381-6. doi: 10.3233/WOR-131770.


This paper will focus on work-based environments, assistive technology solutions and compensatory strategies for people with low vision (that is, when vision cannot be satisfactorily corrected by spectacles/lenses). It presents two case studies to illustrate how functional capacity within a workplace can be maximized for individuals with vision impairment through a range of interventions. Each case study will demonstrate how the provision of a holistic suite of services delivered by a multidisciplinary team achieves positive and sustainable work outcomes for this cohort. One case study features an individual in a manual work role and the other in an office-based role. The following aspects of service delivery will be illustrated by each case study: Importance of comprehensive workplace and low vision assessment. Vocational planning. Compensatory strategies for job/task specific duties. Assistive technology and workplace modifications. Independent and safe travel skills to, from and within the workplace. Employer and co-worker training.

Keywords: Vision impairment; assessment; disability; employment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Hemianopsia / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Macular Degeneration / complications
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational*
  • Self-Help Devices
  • Stargardt Disease
  • Vision, Low / etiology
  • Vision, Low / rehabilitation*

Supplementary concepts

  • Stargardt disease 1