Learners with Disabilities

Legislation encourages employers to include people with disabilities in the workplace.

Overview

Various legislation, codes and guidelines have been put in place to encourage employers to include people with disabilities in the workplace. One important aspect of this is your B-BBEE scorecard where disability initiatives can contribute significantly to the scorecard. Bizzco can assist with sourcing learners with disabilities.

Aligning Disability to Employment Equity

The Employment Equity Act, No.55, 199, outlines the policies that enable people with disabilities to have their rights recognised in the labour market, guarding against discrimination and ensuring equal rights for all.
Contained within the Employment Equity Act is the Code of Good Practice on the Employment of People with Disabilities.

The Code is based on the Constitutional principle that no one may unfairly discriminate against a person on the grounds of disability.

It is intended to create awareness of the contributions people with disabilities can make and to encourage employers to fully utilise skills. As a guide for promoting equal opportunities and the fair treatment for people with disabilities, the Code should be used in the education and training programmes of employers and employer organisations to develop and implement their own equity policies and programmes tailored to the needs of their own workplace.

The cost of these programmes can be supplemented as the government provides opportunities for incentives. These incentives take the form of tax rebates (up to R100,000 per learner with a disability) and SETA grants as well as contributing towards the company’s BEE scorecard. Other benefits to the employer include improved productivity and work quality.

Types of Disabilities

There are different types of disability, some of which may easily be incorporated into the business or supply chain world of your organization.
Some examples of common disabilities you may find are:

  • Vision Impairment
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Mental health conditions
  • Intellectual disability
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Physical disability

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