Helping talented people with disabilities and inclusive employers find each other.
South Africans with disabilities have consistently experienced low levels of employment, as well as barriers in the educational, economic and social spheres. They face massive obstacles in participating in the labour market, especially those with severe disabilities or low educational attainment. A disproportionate number of them are unemployed, even if they are able and wish to participate in the labour force. Of those who are employed, many work for below minimum wage and are not protected by labour legislation. Many need work accommodations and support.
Our purpose, the idea that founded this organisation, was a vision to help our clients overcome these employment odds and obtain jobs that allow them to be independent, as well as to provide a unique range of advice, support and expert tools to help organisations become disability-smart. We are changing how people with and without disabilities think about disability, to understand what needs to change if people with disabilities are to be treated fairly so that they can contribute to business success, to society and to economic growth.
We are building disability-smart organisations using the following framework:
You promote your commitment to best practice on disability internally and externally.
You anticipate the needs of people with disabilities and have a robust process for making any adjustments that might be needed by individuals.
You value all your employees, including those who are disabled or who become disabled, and are committed to their retention and development.
4. Suppliers and Partners
You expect your suppliers and corporate partners to reflect and enable you to meet your commitment to disability best practice.
You equip your employees so that they are confident interacting with people with disabilities, knowing what to do and how to do it.
You attract and recruit people with disabilities, which gives you access to the widest talent pool at every level.
7. Products and services
You value your customers, clients and service users with disabilities and address their needs when developing and delivering your products and services.
When you communicate with people with disabilities, you are as inclusive as possible and whenever necessary you make adjustments for individuals.
Your premises are accessible to people with disabilities and whenever necessary you make adjustments for individuals.