Disability Equity in the Workplace

TDCI's portfolio for Employing People with Disabilities has been designed to support and encourage employers to recruit, retain and upskill people with disabilities, while at the same time, dispelling some of the myths surrounding the employment of people with disabilities. The portfolio will also assist employers to understand the legislative framework, and to obtain a far better understanding of the term “disability”, as well as the benefits of employing people with disabilities.

Employers and Human Resource Managers need to:

  • Understand the definition “disability in the workplace” and the application thereof

  • Be able to implement a representative workplace profile

  • Encourage the “disclosure of a disability status” and manage

    confidentiality

  • Understand the definitions of “incapacitation” in the Labour

    Relations Act (LRA) and “people with disabilities” and “reasonable accommodation” in the Employment Equity Act (EEA)

Disability equity competence enables employers and employees to have a better grasp of the variety of disabilities they may encounter within the workplace, as well as the skills necessary in dealing with this in a sensitive but practical manner. 

 

TDCI's portfolio can assist organisations with the following:

  • Workplace disability audit

  • Basic information surrounding disability and the workplace

  • Benefits (BBBEE) to companies employing people with

    disabilities

  • Legislation promoting and governing the employment of people with

    disabilities

  • Good practices for recruiting people with disabilities

  • Employment, training and retention considerations for people with disabilities

  • Good practice relating to proactive training initiatives

  • Changing workplace attitudes and environments

  • Reasonable accommodation

Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training are directed towards empowering staff with the necessary knowledge and understanding on disability in the workplace, helping them to make better business decisions when creating an inclusive and diverse workforce. It is important to understand how to accommodate employees with disabilities. This entails not only educating employees about the appropriate etiquette but also about the use of proper language and terminology. 

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