We’ve compiled 7 facts about disability – some of which might challenge your preconceptions.
Fact #1: ‘Disability’ is a pretty broad term and not well understood…
Often when people think ‘disability’ their minds jump to people with physical disabilities such as those who use wheelchairs. But in the workplace, disability can refer to physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, and learning disabilities. Even people with Hepatitis C, HIV, type 1 diabetes or depression are counted as having a disability.
According to the Employment Equity Act in South Africa, people with disabilities are people who have a long-term or recurring physical, including sensory, or mental impairment which substantially limits their prospect of entry into or advancement in employment.
Why is this worth noting? Well, basically it means that the laws don’t just protect people with a physical disability – they’re here for everyone who may be discriminated against due to a disability.