Thought Leadership

Ramping up accessibility in the workplace

Accessibility in the workplace is about more than just access. It is about making the entire office more inclusive. Compiled by Tarren Bolton Accessibility isn’t just about adding wheelchair ramps and Braille onto signage. It involves looking at technology and how it can improve an employee’s ability to be a top performer. Think adjustable desks …

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A guide to people with MS in the workplace

This guide is intended to stimulate discussion between an employee and their employer when MS progresses over time and their symptoms begin to impact their ability to work efficiently. Compiled by: Luisa Pretti – Registered General and Psychiatric Nurse, Insurance Disability Assessor, Dr Tony Davidson – Organisational Health Consultant; and Justine Del Monte – Specialist …

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The Need To Mainstream Disabled Workers In The Formal Economy

According to The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities, it’s estimated that 68% of disabled adults in SA were not working last year, with the devastating economic impact of Covid-19 making this already dire situation even worse. According to the South African Human Rights Commission, an organisation whose mandate is to promote, protect, …

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How persons with disabilities build resilience in the workplace

By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Resilience is our capacity to recover from difficulties, our ability to bounce back from the problems we face. Psychologists are encouraging adults to foster resilience in children, as well as in themselves. It is highly applicable to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and to everyone in the …

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How to stop tokenism of disability in the workforce

This article was written by HR News Approximately 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability but only 2-4% have disabilities which cause significant difficulties functioning, yet disabled people are over a third less likely to be employed than non-disabled people, according to HR News. It’s probable this will have multiplied as …

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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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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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