World Blind Union Employment Survey 2019

Greetings from the World Blind Union (WBU) Employment Committee. We have developed a short survey designed to identify employment patterns of people who are blind or partially sighted and of working-age throughout the world. We were fortunate to be able to review the work of our colleagues at the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB), Vision Australia (VA), and the New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (NZFB), who deployed a similar survey in their respective countries and shared their survey with us, which helped us considerably.

The survey we designed for the WBU membership can be completed in 20-25 minutes and it is available in English, French, and Spanish. If you need another language, you may need to use a tool like Google Translate or work with local translators to assist you with translating the survey. Unfortunately, WBU does not have the capacity to translate into additional languages and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We need you to complete the WBU Employment Survey in your region at your earliest convenience, so that we can report the results at the 2020 WBU/ICEVI General Assemblies in Madrid.

The WBU Employment Survey is a four-part survey, which uses skip logic to move respondents through the survey questions so that they only answer questions that pertain to them. Section One (demographics) is completed by all respondents.  Section Two (current job) is completed by currently employed respondents only. Section Three (previously employed, but not working currently) is completed only by the respondents who have work experience but are not working presently. Section Four (never worked) is completed only by the respondents who have no work experience.

We are using Survey Monkey, which is accessible with both screen readers and screen magnification as an online tool for survey completion. Respondents may use the link pasted below to access the WBU Employment Survey as often as necessary to complete the survey until they choose “done” – IF respondents are at the same computer each time they return to the survey.

The Survey Monkey link is:

Thank you for your interest in the work of WBU and your support to us as we gather this important information about employment of blind and partially sighted people throughout the world.


Dr. Karen Wolffe

WBU Employment Committee Member

[email protected]