In the workplace

Why are mental disabilities still the elephant in the room?

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reports that 23 South Africans commit suicide every day. However, despite the disturbing global statistics, mental illness remains the most stigmatised of all health conditions and those affected continue to be shamed and face …

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What others see as a disability is in fact an enabler

In a recent article on Disability Connect, we ran the story about Karabo Nguyuza, whose guesthouse had been declared the best in Tembisa by Gauteng Women in Tourism (WiT). We caught up with Karabo, who is writing a book about her experiences, to ask her more about herself, her motivation and her business. When diagnosed with polio at the age of 10, Karabo …

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Don’t pursue a career. Pursue moments.

Rory Preddy, Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft South Africa, shares some insights into the challenges facing employees with disabilities in SA, the potential for AI and advances in technology to be a great transformer, and his experience working for multinational technology company Microsoft. 1. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges for persons …

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Digital accessibility and why it matters

“Accessibility” in the digital space means that digital platforms, like websites, mobile apps, social channels and PDFs, should be readable, operable and functional to all users – especially people with disabilities. It is an issue that is rapidly gaining attention in many spheres, including social, economic and legal domains. Accessibility is part of diversity and …

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Home offices – The Future of Work?

The benefits for people with disabilities While there are few silver linings amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is definitely one. The nationwide lockdown forced many businesses to suddenly enable its workforce to work from home or remotely. Although it has been around for some time, the concept wasn’t widely adopted in South Africa. …

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You cannot claim disability if you are forced to stay at home

You can only claim for a disability benefit if Covid-19 leaves you disabled as defined by your policy.  Vulnerable employees who have been forced to stay at home and are unable to work are not likely to be able to claim lost income on their group life or individual disability policies unless they meet the …

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Deaf Employee Sbonelo Ndwandwe Grabs Opportunity with Both Hands – Part 2

This is part two of the Sbonelo Ndwandwe story where eDeaf and Shoprite Checkers Decade of the Deaf project.
Growing up in the rural villiage of Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, Sbonelo Ndwandwe had nowhere to turn to when he got sick and lost his hearing. He also had no hope for employment. After completing the Shoprite Group’s Decade of the Deaf programme in partnership with eDeaf, he was employed by Checkers and now not only earns an income, but has a position he enjoys within the Fruit and Veg Department.

Multinationals must ensure policy, not geography drives disability inclusion

There is often a certain pride associated with working for a multinational corporation or global brand. This is, perhaps, even more the case for disabled staff, who may face additional barriers to entering the workforce in the first place. It is, therefore, not so difficult to imagine why it could be frustrating for disabled employees …

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New research reveals strategies for global disability inclusion

90 per cent of businesses are recognising the importance of disabled employees and customers A new study of 120 global brands shows how over 90 per cent of businesses are recognising the importance of disabled employees and customers. The study is the first to consider how businesses are serving the needs of disabled people at …

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