The nation's employers need to ensure that they make necessary adjustments in the workplace to cater for the needs of visually impaired people, it has been advised.
A spokeswoman for CLARITY - Employment for Blind People, said that it is important for employers to recognise that, with the correct software packages now available and computer equipment, it is very possible for blind people to work just as efficiently as their sighted peers.
"There should also be more understanding when it comes to mobility support. Occasionally, particularly when it comes to those with guide dogs, it is necessary for leave to be taken when undertaking guide dog training or aftercare visits from the Guide Dog Association," she added.
Some employers may find this inconvenient, but it is necessary in order for these people to work independently.
Visually-impaired people are not expecting employers to treat them differently, just to make the necessary adjustments when required, the representative concluded.