ABSTRACTPrevious international research has shown blind and vision-impairedpeople to be in the less favoured groups of employees employersare willing to hire. None of the research has addressed why this isthe case. The present study was undertaken firstly to see if in New Zealandalso, blind and vision-impaired people were less favoured incomparison with other disability groups as potential employees; andsecondly, to determine employer attitudes and perceptions towardsemploying blind people, and how or why these attitudes andperceptions influence employers to overlook the blind and vision-impaired when employing staff.One hundred and two employers (sample 200) participated in atelephone survey and, of those, six were interviewed again in an in-depth face-to-face interview. A combination of attitudinal andperception survey instruments were used. The research found participants had mainly favourable attitudestowards blind and vision-impaired people. However, in totalcontrast, blind and vision-impaired people (alongside those withmoderate to severe intellectual disabilities) were regarded the leastsuitable or least employable for positions most and second mostoften available in firms across all industries. The results were congruent with earlier findings (Gilbride, Stensrud,Ehlers, Evans & Peterson, 2000) in that of all of the disability groups,blindness and persons with moderate or severe (mental retardation)intellectual handicap were perceived as the hardest to employ incomparison with other disability groups.