Empowering the Disabled in the Workplace


Empowering the Disabled in the Workplace

Aimed at each and every individual to help enable people with disabilities to play an active role in the economy and allow them to grow and improve their professional lives in the workplace.

Location: South africa
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Latest Activity: Mar 3, 2016

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Skills development centre for the disabled launched in Northern Cape

Started by sylvia hammond Mar 3, 2016. 0 Replies

People with disabilities and youth who dropped out of school, will now have a second chance at making a living, thanks to the Oasis Skills Development Centre in Upington, Northern Cape.Upington has…Continue

Tags: summit, disability, malnutrition, white, paper

Disabled Office Staff

Started by Lisa. Last reply by Liberty Nobula Jun 8, 2013. 7 Replies

We are looking on hiring office staff and would like to hire disabled employees.Can anyone advice who i need to contact(no agency please)Continue

Act for the Disabled in the workplace being considered

Started by sylvia hammond Sep 14, 2011. 0 Replies

President Jacob Zuma has revealed that a Disability Act is being crafted to deal with enforcement, non-compliance and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with…Continue

Tags: disabilities, people, rights, UN, convention

Parliamentary Questions: what measures taken to advance rights of people with disabilities?

Started by sylvia hammond Sep 13, 2011. 0 Replies

ê7.    Adv T M Masutha (ANC) to ask the President of the Republic:What measures (a) has he taken and (b) does he intend taking to expedite the full implementation of the policies that had been…Continue

Tags: life, political, participation, rehabilitation, equality

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Comment by Bronwyn Newman on January 23, 2012 at 8:31

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Comment by sylvia hammond on October 13, 2009 at 12:49
Hi Nicki,
I believe that one of the key contributions that an HR person can make, is to lead an examination of how the current jobs within the workplace are put together and whether there are single tasks, or groups of tasks that can be identified as suitable for persons with various disabilities to fulfill. Then re-group the tasks. Obviously for those complying with Employment Equity legislation, this can be done under the examination of barriers - and is best done in consultation with all employees. Generally employees in the positions have the best input.
What I am not sure of at this stage is how this would be impacted by the QCTO & the focus on occupations & of the OFO.
Comment by Gavin Levenstein on October 9, 2009 at 14:20
Hi Guys

To give some background from a BBBEE viewpoint. The scorecard awards 5 points (directly) for disabled people and a few more indirectly (ownership, socio-economic development etc...). If people with HIV are regarded as disabled companies in general will earn extra BEE points.

Practically if someone has HIV but is not sick then they are not disabled. I believe that if someone is sick (AIDS) and requires extra time off work then they can be regarded as disabled.

Look at another example - eye sight. A blind person is certainly disabled but what about a pilot who can still see but not well enough to keep his commercial pilots license. If the company needs to change his job spec to keep employing that pilot but as a trainer for example then I believe the pilot is also disabled. Apply the above example to HIV and AIDS and you can have one disabled person and one non-disabled person with the same ailment but different circumstances.
Comment by Atiku Abubakar on October 5, 2009 at 0:43
Dear All,

I dont think pple with HIV should be called disable for many reasons; they can only be called disable if the Virus has distroyed their immune system with manifestive low CD4 count, high viral load and manifestation of opportunistic infections; but if their status is good and within aceeptable range as at the time of conclusion they are not disabled.
It is good to say without fear of contradiction that there are HIV+ pple that early stage that have better incidies than some pple that are not positive. I have seen HIV+ person that has strong CD4 over 600 units and the person is
very active, productive and healthy since 2003 and he has been very regular and productive in his work place like any other worker and unknown to his collegues.
Further more, being HIV+ does mean one is disabled and looking at them (HIV+ pple) as disable may result to one kind of discrimination or stigmatisation. Many HIV+ Pple could stay for a yaer or more without being ill or sick; it does mean that they have any form of ailment; it only means that s/he has the Virus in him that has the tendencies to distroy his immune system within short time if he/she does not play by the rule of the game.
So as far I am concerned, they are not disable and if given the chance they may play many roles in the society more than one can imagine.
Comment by Julie Nikita on October 3, 2009 at 12:50
Disability is not inability. My brother is lame but he is one of the best Doctors that I have ever come across. DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY By Julie Nikita
Comment by Winnie de Pass on October 2, 2009 at 14:04
Hi we have been told categorically that HIV-Aids will not be considered as "disabled" for our BBBEE scorecard.

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