Unemployed and disabled is at an all time high. Although government legislation encourages employers to make reasonable workplace adjustments, this is being ignored. Even just a small adjustment and some openmoindedness can help people with disabilities gain employment.
A disability grant is barely enough to help a learner gain independence, confidence and a purpose in life. The government is trying to improve on this through learnership programs. This funding isn’t uncapped and many learners will stay in a job just to cover the costs of the accommodation put in place. Funding is not targeted at disabled people or their specific needs and many employees would rather opt for abled disadvantaged learners.
We at Action aim to enlighten employees about the benefits of having an inclusive workforce environment. Adjustments do not need to cost a company thousands of rands, there are many affordable options. There are many entry level jobs and industries which rely on temp staff and these would definitely suit a person with a physical disability.
Many physically and visually impaired youth excel in computer skills. There are many lecturers who are blind. At Action’s training center in Roodepoort, we have lecturers who are visually impaired. Visually impaired students are also brilliant call center agents and we give hands on training in that field.
We at Action believe that anything is possible and that a person with a disability is more than capable of taking on any task given to them. All we require is a willingness from our learners and assistance from the community and business owners. No matter how big or small your business is, you can make an impact in the lives of visually and physically impaired learners.