Yorkshire businesses asked to “see differently” at Leeds conference

Employers across Yorkshire are being invited to a charity conference that aims to help businesses “see differently” about sight loss.

The free event, called Vision at Work, has been organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and will be held between 10am and 3.30pm on January 23, 2020, at Leeds’s Civic Hall. It will include a range of panel discussions, talks and demonstrations to help employers understand how to make their workplace and processes fully accessible.

With this conference, the charity aims to equip local business leaders and employers with knowledge and understanding of the support available for hiring people with disabilities, as well as raising awareness of workplace accessibility and building confidence in employing people with vision impairment.

Scott Jobson, network manager for RNIB in Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Although employment rates are at a record high, just one in four blind and partially sighted people are in work, which is a waste of valuable talent and skills in the UK workforce.

“We want local employers to recognise the commercial value that blind and partially sighted employees can bring to their businesses. So, this event aims to offer helpful advice and information whilst sharing best practice and giving examples of local people who are registered blind in a range of different roles – proving that visually impaired people can thrive in the workplace and make a significant contribution to businesses across a huge range of employment sectors.”

Places for the event are free and a light lunch will be provided. To register, please visit the Vision at Work conference registration page on Eventbrite. For further information or to sponsor the event, please contact Natasha Marsay at RNIB on natasha.marsay@rnib.org.uk.


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