Workplace Disability

Despite the ongoing effort to introduce disability into the workplace, many people with disabilities still face discrimination when accessing the open labour market.

Despite the ongoing effort to introduce disability into the workplace, many people with disabilities still face discrimination when accessing the open labour market.

Accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace has been a slow process and greater effort should be made to develop a more diverse, inclusive workforce in South Africa.

“Not everyone with a disability experiences their condition in the same way. It therefore follows that reasonable accommodation cannot be the same for every individual with a disability.”

There has been an increase in the demand for people with disabilities (PWDs) in the workplace.

Continuing the success of 2015’s Disability Conference, Progression is bringing its 5th Annual Disability Conference for the first time to Cape Town, at the Protea Fire & Ice! Hotel on Thursday 9 June 2016.

Entering the workforce, in any capacity, is an unnerving task. Add the stigmas attached to being a person with disabilities into the mix and the potential for negative employment process and ultimately experience.

Despite the numerous efforts by employers to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, many work environments still remain inaccessible for persons with disabilities, presenting both physical and attitudinal barriers.

The Department of Labour?s Sheltered Employment Factories (SEF) have finally been
given legal status, which is expected to boost job creation for people with disabilities.

Embracing difference is the key to successful diversity management. In a
country which 'theoretically' embraces difference there are still so many
barriers that surround people with disabilities and their advancement in the
workplace.

The procedure involved in completing the disability equity piece of the puzzle
may at first seem complex and challenging. However, with all the skills
development pieces in place, it is a highly rewarding long-term investment.

The North West Provincial Disability Rights Conference is expected to develop
a clear plan that will enable the province to accelerate the revised Job-Access
Plan targeting employment for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities will now have access to IT devices at an independent
institute of training, skills development and research, which will empower
them with the skills to become independent and employable.

As the country marks National Disability Rights Awareness Month, close to 1
200 people with disabilities will be targeted for employment by the provincial
administration within the next 10 months.

Youth living with albinisim battle with severe discrimination in the workplace and
society as a whole. In response to this government will create an awareness strategy
on albinism to dispel myths and eliminate discrimination and prejudice.

Training is not often readily available to persons with disabilities because of
misconceptions and as a result disabled people are missing out on an even greater
number of employment opportunities.

People with disabilities can now not only be offered sheltered employment but also be employed at cooperatives after the hard work put in by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Today these people were able to be economically active.

The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities has urged the South African government to engage in supporting people living with disabilities instead of just talking about it. The programmes and how it's implemented must reflect a government that is committed to creating a better life for people.

Isilumko Staffing a national recruitment company has developed a keen understanding of the special requirement process which people with disabilities in this country face the daunting task of looking for jobs in the workplace.

To ensure that all members of society are catered for SAPS will focus on employing citizens with disabilities. Sign language interpreters will be recruited to accurately record police statements.

Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy yet many employers know very little about this condition and how to manage employees who suffer from it. Dionne Kerr talks about the symptoms, treatment and affects of epilepsy.

Facilitating work opportunities for disabled people is one of the key functions and objectives of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities and according to Minister Lulu Xingwana providing small business support for the disabled forms a major part of this goal.

The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has committed to ensuring that 55 percent of women and two percent of people with disabilities benefit from the department’s programmes.

Private and public institutions have been reminded that they have one more year to meet the two percent employment target for people with disabilities. Minister Lulu Xingwana said the department remained impatient with the failure to meet this target.

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