Visual Impairment reasonable adjustments

You will automatically be deemed disabled for the purposes of the Act if you are registered as blind or partially sighted.

Even if you are not registered as blind or partially sighted, you will be protected by the Equality Act if your visual impairment has a more than trivial impact on your ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Which barriers are you likely to face at work?

  • Accessing school and pupil documents;
  • Moving around the school, especially on multi-site campuses;
  • Carrying out playground duties;
  • Going on school trips; and
  • Accessing the school’s IT systems.

What kind of adjustments may be considered?

  • Support worker/reader, to assist in marking etc.;
  • Adjusting the location of a classroom (in secondary schools considering adjustments to journeys between classes and location of classes);
  • School documents in an accessible format;
  • Ensuring that school trip venues are accessible (this should be part of inclusive schools planning anyway);
  • Adjust lighting levels in class;
  • Adjustment to buildings such as guide rails and painting stair edges (which would benefit the whole school community and contribute to the wider inclusive schooling agenda); and
  • Modified IT equipment-large screen monitors, voice recognition technology, braille displays and programmes that read through headphones are all options.

Further information:


Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments are primarily concerned with enabling disabled workers to remain in or return to work.

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