The workplace syndrome
By Donna J. Jodhan
For lack of a better term, this is what I call it; the workplace syndrome.
The workplace has now taken on so many new meanings and dimensions and we
need to keep this in mind as we attempt to add the needs and demands of
blind and partially sighted persons. The workplace has undergone so many
changes within the last two decades and today we find that it can apply to
any of the following: The workplace in an office environment, the workplace
in one’s home, and even the workplace on the road.
For blind and partially sighted persons, these changes can both be a
challenge as well as an exciting time but it all depends on certain factors.
Factors such as having the right type of technology to meet the requirements
of the environment of the workplace.
There is no reason why blind and partially sighted persons cannot be a part
of any of these types of workplaces. All it takes is a bit of patience,
research and a willingness on both sides to make it happen. Blind and
partially sighted persons need to ensure that they can access their
environment in an efficient manner and this means ensuring that their access
technology is able to communicate with mainstream technology.
In the case of the mainstream workplace in an office environment, blind and
partially sighted persons need to ensure that their access technology can
access the company’s intranets, mainframe environments if necessary, and
that it can communicate in an efficient manner with online screens and
databases. In case of at home workplaces, there needs to be an assurance
that access technology can communicate appropriately with company servers
and the same would hold true for an on the road workplace.
Employers need not be too worried about a blind or partially sighted person’s
ability to use hand held devices such as IPhones, IPods, or IPads. Apple
has done a marvelous job at ensuring that this is all possible. In short,
the changing nature of the workplace should not affect the abilities and
capabilities of blind and partially sighted persons to be participating
I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
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