Retaining Independence in the Workplace

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Assistive Technology Officer and Blindness Product Specialist, Emmanuel travelled well over 2,600km to conduct and assessment, setup and training of assistive technology for an individual living in Darwin who wanted help to retain her independence in the workplace.

During the three day visit in December, Emmanuel assisted client Cassandra, who lives with vision impairment for the Job Access Assessment program.

He visited her place of work to install accessible software to make sure she was able to do her job effectively and provided face-to-face providing some initial training so she felt comfortable using the new software that included a JAWS screenreader, and the Microsoft office suite.

For Emmanuel, his visit to Darwin was very rewarding. He was given the opportunity to carry out meaningful work and ensure his clients could maintain their independence confidently in the workplace.

“It was interesting and rewarding (visiting Darwin), I am honored to be able to represent VisAbility. The people in Darwin speak highly of us and the professionalism we have as a training organisation. It was my first time in Darwin and overall it was a very wonderful and amazing trip!”

Emmanuel and our OT Jaimi testing the Remote Orientation and Mobility equipment.

Emmanuel will be back in Darwin to finalise his Job Access training with Cassandra, and has another potential Job Access request through our sister company, VisAbility Tasmania (link opens in new window) come April.

While not out on home visits and conducting Job Access Assessment, Emmanuel is kept busy providing training on how to utilise assistive software, blindness products and teaching braille.

On top of this, Emmanuel also generously shares his love of music with the VisAbility community. “I am also a music teacher and assist with music performance group here at VisAbility. We show at open days, special Christmas functions and busking.”

How to get support

If you or someone you know would benefit from a Job Access Assessment to improve the suitability of your workplace, please complete the form below to make an initial enquiry about the low vision services and support we can provide.

Our Client Experience Team will contact you to discuss your individual needs both now and into the future.

If you are a provider and wish to refer a client, please use our low vision medical certificate (online referral form) to make your referral.

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