Diversity And Disability Defined

Diversity and disability is an idea which includes acceptance and respect. Every person has individual needs. There are individual differences such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs and age. We need to explore all of these in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It is about tolerance and understanding towards all people no matter the diversity and differences.

Fact: you have 20 percent chance of becoming disabled in your life, even if you are not disabled currently.

Diversity is often focused on gender and race. There has been limited attention given to people with disabilities as a minority group.

Definition of Diversity

It means understanding that each individual is unique. These can be along the dimensions of:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual diversity
  • Orientation
  • Socio-economic status
  • Age
  • Physical abilities
  • Religious beliefs
  • Political beliefs

Definition of Disability

There are acts that protects people with disabilities in South Africa against unfair workplace treatment and includes access to training and jobs.

Disability is a physical or mental impairment that limits one’s life from daily activities. A qualified individual who has a disability can perform tasks without accommodation.

Disability Diversity in Education

Disability diversity in teach, includes:

  • Accesible classes for students with disabilities
  • Accomodating your own disability within a classroom
  • Incorporating disability studies in your course content

Disability and Cultural Diversity

Employment is scarce as it is, but for these minority groups, it is worse. This issue should be a priority for black people with a disability. It will take the efforts of training providers, employers and organizations to make a difference.

High employement in cukturally diverse disability groups are affected by the following factors:

  • Discrimination is higher than for those who are non-disabled people.
  • The minority group is excluded from rehabilitation services due to high costs.
  • Educational opportunities are not affordable for people with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Not enough transport and housing for disadvantaged communities increases the employment barrier for these people.
  • Job coaching, internships and on the job training are not always available for the culturally diverse and disabled group.
  • Religious organizations and immediate communities tend to overlook supporting and donating to these individuals.

If business owners can include people with disabilities, they will give themselves a competitive edge and brand themselves as trustworthy.