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- Employment Rights For Persons With Disabilities
- Organizations that can help
- Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting
- Tips to finding the right job
Finding a job in these difficult times is not easy, this is even more difficult for many persons with Physical Disabilities. Stabilizing a job once you have one, is even harder. Finding a stable workforce poses many challenges. This is largely due to a factors such as:
- production skills
- effective social skills
- The integration between worker and workplace
- Health Problems
- Accessibility to the building (place of work) & lack of facilities like Disabled Toilets, Disabled Parking, etc.
Jobs offered to people with disabilities are scarce & studies have shown a correlation between disabilities and poverty. Those who are able to get jobs but unable to stabilize a job are often left discouraged & many who had participated, found that they were paid less when compared to their co-workers.
Disability is a natural part of human life and does not diminish the right of people with disabilities to take their rightful place in the world of work. Widespread ignorance, fear and stereotypes cause persons with disabilities to be unfairly discriminated against in society and in employment. As a result, persons with disabilities experience high unemployment levels and, in the workplace, often remain in low status jobs and earn lower than average remuneration. The Employment Equity Act no 55, of 1998 was drafted and put in place to ensure the employment rights of persons with disabilities in the workplace. Click on the link below to find out more about your rights and the Employment equity act no 55, of 1998.
Organizations that can help
Thanks to Organizations such as the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities and QASA, there are programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs and acquire skills which they my need in the workplace.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, such as: Job placement, Skills development, Preferential procurement, Ownership, Supply chain development. "We will refer you to our experts in each of the nine provinces or support you from our National Office in Edenvale." Contact Ernu van der Westhuizen for more information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at Tel: +27 11 452 2774. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities also provides Disability Equity Training to both public and private sectors.
Disability Equity Training
Many public and private sector bodies have gradually realised that their work practices and policies fall far short of fulfilling the needs, rights and aspirations of disabled people who are their clients, customers and co-workers and that, in order to change this situation, they need to turn to disabled people for education and guidance. From this realisation has grown the demand for Disability Equality Training (DET) run by disabled people, which aims to help people understand the meaning of disability, identify changes in the work practice, and plan strategies to implement change.
Disability Equality Training courses have been organised and run by disabled people and organizations to address the need for information about reality of disability. A DET course will enable participants to identify and address discriminatory forms of practice towards disabled people. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organisational behaviour which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents disabled people from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer training which is done by an expert well trained team of persons with disabilities, the training is inclusive of all impairments and addresses definitions, an inclusive workplace, reasonable accommodation, terminology and much more! The sessions are at least three hours, but can be up to two days (depending on the needs of the client). Training is done in inter - actively, using multimedia and is not “heavy”!!! Training is tailor made for every sector, including: Tourism, Tertiary Education, Banking, Mining and more.
For references, contact:
- Leanne Channer, Schenker SA: W + 27 11 971 8400 | Switchboard or Email: Leanne.Channer@dbschenker.com
- Alison Jänicke at Endangered Wildlife Trust on: Tel: 011 372 3600 | Ext 70 or Email: email@example.com
- Contact Fanie Swanepoel or Thuli Witbooi for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Tel: 011 452 2774
Provincial organizations like QAWC also advertise jobs to their members from companies that are looking to employ people with disabilities. If you are a Quadriplegic or Paraplegic & are not a member of QASA or one of their provincial organizations, you can visit their websites to find out how to join & benefit from their programs.
One of QASA’s main areas of focus is that of developing the skills and thereby the employment potential of people with disabilities. QASA provides opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills and qualifications. Each year QASA allocates funds from its operating budget to pay for members to obtain a qualification in the field of their choice.
If you are a person with a disability who is seeking employment, QASA can help. You can send your CV to QASA and your CV will be put on the QASA CV DATABASE. The QASA CV DATABASE is sent to businesses and government departments who are actively seeking to employ people with disabilities.
QASA has also secured “partnerships” with 14 recruitment agencies nationally, 3 of them specializing in placing persons with disabilities. Once your CV is on the QASA CV DATATBASE, your CV will be sent to these recruitment agencies. They will contact you and assist you in finding employment in your area. One of these Recruitment agencies is Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting.
Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting are recognized as one of South Africa’s top Recruitment and Disability Integration Specialists.
For our job seeking clients, our role is to help you find employment through showcasing your abilities, and understanding the unique factors of your disability that need to be considered in the role.
For companies seeking to employ talent, our role is to assist you in creating an accessible work environment that provides equal opportunities for employment of people with a disability.
In a nutshell, we represent both job seekers with a disability, and assist companies with integrating and developing people with a disability by creating a disability inclusive environment. We also offer SETA Accredited Learnership Programmes.
Tips to finding the right job
Finding it difficult to secure employment as a person with a disability? Here are a few tips on how to increase your chances:
- Know your rights! Understand how the labour legislation and Employment Equity Act support your applicant and employee rights – with particular emphasis on what constitutes Reasonable Accommodation which are the steps taken to remove any barriers to the role that may result from your disability. See the following links : http://www.labour.gov.za/DOL/legislation/codes-of-good-ractise (then click on Code of Good Practice) and http://www.labour.gov.za/DOL/documents/useful-documents/employment-equity/technical-assistance-guidelines-on-the-employment-of-people-with-disabilities
- Be the expert in your own disability inclusivity journey. You are the expert on your own abilities and how to manage your disability where necessary in the workplace. Think about your requirements in the workplace realistically – for example, would you require a larger screen if you have a visual impairment, or do you need to manage your stress carefully if you have a psychiatric disability, and how would you manage this in the role. Being aware of this, and being able to confidently communicate this to an employer, will help them understand your abilities, given reasonable accommodation, rather than relying on their stereotypes.
- Use select agencies that ‘get’ disability as a form of diversity, and can focus on marketing your Ability! Make sure that the recruitment agent dealing with your application is well versed on how to sell your abilities and reasonable accommodation needs professionally, and gets a good understanding of the role and environment for which you are being considered, so that you can decide whether it is suitable.
- If you can …. GET YOUR MATRIC or NQF Equivalent!! Many companies have a policy whereby all potential employees, no matter what the role, must have a minimum of a matric qualification. This also applies to most learnership opportunities.
The challenge: Our schooling system in SA is not inclusive of learners with a disability, and many special needs schools are under-resourced and not able to support learners until Matric. We need to challenge this, and promote inclusive education as much as possible – but in the meantime, look for bridging programs, entry level NQF Learnerships that offer a matric equivalent, or home study to try and get this matric.
- Always be reliable, punctual and well presented for interviews – like any job seeker, the quickest way to miss out on a job opportunity is to be late for the interview! If you have any reasonable accommodation requirements – such as wheelchair accessibility, the need for extra time in the interview should you have a communication problem or require a sign interpreter etc – tell the company in advance.
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