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- Employment Rights For Persons With Disabilities
- Companies & Organizations That Can Help
- 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 Disabilities, including The Blind and persons with Visual Impairments. 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 Assistive Devices in the work place
Jobs offered to persons 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 persons with disabilities to take their rightful place in the work place. 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.
Companies & Organizations That Can Help
Thanks to Companies and Organizations such as Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting, The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities & Blind SA, there are programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs & acquire skills that they may need in the workplace.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, e.g. Job placement, skills development, preferential procurement, ownership and 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
Disability Equity Training
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities also provides 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. In order to change this situation, they need to turn to Persons with Disabilities 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 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
Blind SA originally started on 26 October 1946 as the South African Blind Worker’s Organisation to help the blind find meaningful careers. In 2004 it became Blind SA. Blind SA is governed by its members who elect the Head Committee. We insist on self-representation and work and speak from the viewpoint of blind people. We stand for equality, advocating the rights of the blind throughout South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, we serve the blind community at large, we equip blind people with the skills they need to fully and independently participate in society. This includes finding Employment for the Blind and persons with Visual Impairments.
Getting a job is the starting point of self-sufficiency and dignity for most people, with no exception to the blind. In 1946, Blind SA (formerly SABWO) was formed to help blind and visually impaired South Africans. People who are blind or visually impaired can be found working in most industries. With the right skills, training and technology there are few jobs the blind and visually impaired cannot do. Our assistance can successfully help integrate blind people into their new roles and into businesses.
Champion Of Hope
Champion of Hope is a Non Profit organization of and for Persons Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired as well as those affected and infected by the HIV Aids Virus in the Pixley ka Seme Region in the Northern Cape. At Champion of Hope we believe in the abilities of Persons Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired as well as those affected and infected by the HIV/Aids Virus and choose to focus on the positives and therefore develop our clients through Skills Development and Skills Training.
Our main objective is to assist People Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired and those affected and infected with the HIV/ Aids Virus who has low skills and high poverty levels to reach their true potential in life and in this way to lobby a living wage for themselves.
Our full list of other services includes: Skills Development & Skills Training; Economic Empowerment; Income Generation; Job Creation; Job Placement; Sports Development & Sports Training; Fundraising; Awareness & Promotion; Accessibility & Mobility; Women’s Programs; Youth Programs; Children’s Programs; Early Childhood Development Programs; Support Groups; Social Clubs & Book Clubs and Mini Libraries for the Sight Impaired in collaboration with Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
You can contact Esme Fourie T/A Champion Of Hope (102 - 568 - NPO) at nr 80 Mainstreet De Aar 7000 or via Mobile: 078 886 7902 • Fax: 086 587 4779/ Whatsapp: 0657008851 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and various other services including:
Environmental Accessibility Audits: Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting conduct Environmental Accessibility Audits designed to identify environmental barriers that could hinder access for Persons with a Disability. Our consultants will review your site, note potential barriers from a functional and safety perspective, and propose cost-effective solutions which can be actioned within short, medium and longer term timeframes. Our reports are practical in nature, specific in the solutions offered, and allow for ease of use by all. Relevant to all environments, from corporate offices, manufacturing or industry sites, education facilities or hospitality environments, we can assist.
Disability Awareness Training / Equity Training: Our portfolio of training sessions and informational talks are aimed at different audience profiles, from Corporate to Hospitality & Customer Service personnel, to Scholars. Designed to teach etiquette, shift perceptions and create impact, our presenters use a combination of humour, personal experience, subject expertise and passion to deliver barrier-busting changes in perception around disability and its place in business and society.
Campaigns and Events: Our Disability Inclusive campaigns and events are designed to raise awareness around barriers to inclusion of persons with a disability, to highlight the value of workplace adjustments, and to showcase the value of the diversity of disability to business and the economy in general. Entertaining, inclusive and impactful, these campaigns include communication content and events coordination which are disability accessible and inclusive.
Empowerment Training for Persons with a Disability: Designed to teach persons with a disability about their rights and responsibilities within the workplace, these training sessions assist those individuals who have a newly acquired a disability, or who are new to the work environment, to understand the potential barriers to equal and dignified access to, or advancement in, employment and how to become change champions in creating an inclusive culture. Empowering by design, this practical and motivating training approach prepares individuals for their work journey and equips them with the skills needed to ‘get the job’.
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 now 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 link: Code of Good Practice.
- 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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