Disability Employment & Reasonable Accommodation:
What employers can consider when assessing their facilities and transport for reasonable accommodation and accessibility, as well as what role assistive devices, technology, and organisational policy can contribute to this?
On Wednesday 20th March 2019, at Harambee’s Cape Town office (www.harambee.co.za), WiNN hosted an industry event on disability employment and reasonable accommodation.
Over 40 management and senior practitioners RSVP’d for the event, from many of the leading corporate brands including: Sanlam, ABSA, BP, Capitec Bank, City Of Cape Town, CPUT, DEDAT, H&M, Builders, Capitec Bank, Metropolitan, Old Mutual, Sun International, TFG, Truworths, W&R SETA, Webhelp, wiGroup, and ZaiLab amongst many others.
You can see the full list of ATTENDEES (as well as for the profilles of the speakers and the panelists) in the event’s forum-pack, here:
At the event we had industry panel discussions, thought-leader presentations and lots of networking. For more on all of these and see the presentation slide-decks, read on:
At March’s event, we had two industry panel-discussions:
1. Employer Industry Panel:
The employer industry panel included managers of managers and practitioners from leading corporate brands, including: CPUT, Old Mutual, Metropolitan, Sanlam. They shared their challenges around disability employment and reasonable accommodation at their organisations, as well as their insights and success stories.
2. Employee & Candidate Industry Panel:
The employee & candidate industry panel included people with disability who are employees or studying. At this event, the panel included Pumeza (see: https://winn.org.za/2018/11/16/meet-pumeza) and Vic, who is a doctorate at UCT. They shared some of the challenges they face in reasonable accommodation and sensitisation, both in the workplace and more generally in society.
Speakers & Presentations:
There were three speakers at the March’s event, including:
1. Colette Fransolet, Inclusive Design (www.inclusivedesign.co.za), on: Reasonable Accommodation & Access In The Context Of Facilities & Infrastructure.
2. Colette Fransolet, Inclusive Design (www.inclusivedesign.co.za), on: Transport & Access: An Overview For SA.
3. Dalene Swart, Edit Microsystems (www.editmicro.co.za), on: The Opportunities For Assistive Devices & Technology In Facilitating Reasonable Accommodation.
4. Adele Ebrahim, Occupational Therapist & Consultant on, : Organisational Policies & Procedures In The Context Of Reasonable Accommodation: An Occupational Therapist’s Perspective.
At our events, we create plenty of time for everyone attending to network with each other during the networking-coffee-breaks throughout the event.
We’d like to say a BIG ‘Thank You’ to Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator (www.harambee.co.za) for providing their venue for the event and making everyone attending feel so welcome.
[If you and/or your organisation would like to host a future event in Oct 2019 or 2020, we’ll greatly appreciate it. If so, please feel free to contact me anytime at: firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Thank you to all the panelists who participated in the Employer Panel and in the Employee / Candidate Panel. We really appreciate the openness and sharing of everyone who participates in these industry panel discussions.
Also, a special thank you to all our speakers (Inclusive Design, Edit Microsystems, & Adele Ebrahim).
Our next event is an Industry Roundtable Event on 17th April 2019, on disability employment in South Africa, hosted at MMI’s office in Tygervalley / Bellville (Cape Town).
The format for the roundtable events is for approx’ 18 senior managers and practitioners from corporate employers to sit around a boardroom table and discuss strategic and operational challenges (and solutions) concerning disability employment. The aim is to foster shared learning, networking and inter-organisational collaboration.
RSVP to: email@example.com