Factors associated with participation on the competitive labour market of people with visual impairments in The Netherlands

Yvonne H. H. Goertz, Inge Houkes*, Frans J. N. Nijhuis, Hans Bosma

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BACKGROUND: Worldwide, the employment rate of people with visual impairments (PVIs) is lower than that of the general working-age population. To improve the employment rate of this group, there is a need for knowledge about differences in modifiable factors between working and non-working PVIs.

OBJECTIVE: To identify modifiable factors associated with participation on the competitive labour market of PVIs. Based on the findings, we aim to develop an individual assessment instrument for determining the odds of labour market success of PVIs.

METHODS: Data were collected among 299 PVIs by means of a cross-sectional telephone survey based on existing (validated) and self-developed scales and items. Logistic regression analysis was used to find the strongest predictors of the dichotomous outcome of 'having paid work on the competitive labour market' (yes/no).

RESULTS: We found three personal non-modifiable factors (level of education, comorbidity, level of visual impairment) and three modifiable factors (mobility, acceptance and optimism) to be significantly (p <0.05) associated with having paid work.

CONCLUSIONS: The factors of optimism, acceptance and mobility should be included in an individual assessment instrument which can provide PVIs and their job coaches with good starting points for improving the labour market situation of the PVIs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-261
Number of pages11
JournalWORK-A Journal of Prevention Assessment & Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Disabilities
  • work
  • mobility
  • optimism
  • acceptance
  • LIFE

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