The experts all say that having the right tech skills are essential for employment and are not something you can learn on the job. This resource highlights what skills are needed and when.

Assistive tech has the ability to massively aid independence in the workplace and being clear with your employer on the tech you need, will give them greater confidence too.

On this page you will find:

  • A recorded panel discussion with expert speakers on how to best build up your tech skills.
  • A link that takes you to a resource list where you can find additional external websites that can help with this topic.
  • A list of top tips to help you build up your tech skills.

To access the panel discussion click on the video below:

The speakers on this video compiled a list of websites where you can get support with building your tech skills, the guide is available to read here.

Sidney May has also compiled a very handy list of Windows keyboard shortcuts, you can access this resource here.

Top Tips

  • Learn how to touch type from an early age. Stand out from the crowd by being at an advanced level over sighted peers in the workplace. It is possible to learn how to type 10 times faster. Researchdoorway online, a free online learning tool.
  • Computer skills are fundamental. With these skills in your locker already, you become more employable.
  • Learn how to use Outlook emails. Shortcuts are much more accessible compared to the web.
  • Self-advocacy: people will assume what you need. But you need to make it your business to find out what you need, and advocate for what you want to learn.

The aim of our ambitious online conference See My Skills: How to land your dream Job! for 16-24-year-olds was to supply practical solutions to the barriers and challenges that exist for young people seeking employment.

Click below to listen to successful blind and visually impaired employees talk about self-advocacy and how they’ve made employment work for them.

We’d like to thank all of our speakers who gave up their time to share their positive stories.

To access the full library of resources from this event please click HERE