Learners With Disabilities and Employment

Learners with disabilities and employment is a sticky issue at best. According to statistics, around 6 percent of people with a disability are in paid employment while the rest are stuck in the unemployment rut.

If you are disables and looking for work and not having any success, there are a number of issues that are going against you. There is a lackof career support and inaccessible transport among employers. When a disabled person does get a job they will likely get paid minimum wage.  Disabled job candidates are excluded from many tasks. 

Barriers do exist unfortunately and many people with disabilities struggle to complete recruitment tests that are time sensitive at best with many questions having to be answered in just a few minutes.

 It is a common complaint that employees lack consideration and understanding towards people with disabilities. Companies are always changing their IT systems, making them harder for disabled colleagues to access.  Non disabled colleagues are also insensitive and never are reprimanded.

There is a lack of awareness among employees towards employees who are disabled.  Companies are often very reluctant to make small adaptations such as including a zoom magnifier and text to speech software.  A company views these adaptations as time consuming and a hassle to sort out.

Businesses underestimate people with disabilities and that you have more of a chance of the employer hiring able-bodied people because they do not have to fund adaptations even though there are grants for such. Employers do know this but they do not have the time to implement.  This is where Action 4 the blind and disabled can assist and make the process lighter.

 Businesses underestimate what disabled people are capable of doing within a workspace.  For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za

Learners with disabilities and employment