Accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace

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In the case where an organisation is not the owner of the building they occupy, conversations need to take place with landlords to implement the necessary measures to improve accessibility.TECHNOLOGY ON SHOW Danny Havenga, Director at Microlink PC, showcased a number of assistive devices.Included in his presentation, Danny displayed and demonstrated some available products that could assist people with sensory impairments.Claro Read and a KNFB Reader were two of the tools demonstrated.“I found Danny’s presentation to be very informative, I was not aware that there was so much assistive technology available,” said one delegate of the event.AN INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT The format of this year’s conference allowed insights to be shared from the speakers to the audience and vice versa.Justene highlighted that ongoing support is critical in the successful management of invisible disabilities.

It is within the framework of the social model that the conversations necessary for exploring reasonable accommodation take place.” says Imogen.The informal conference style, which encouraged active delegate participation, provided an environment where all participants gained value.As one of the delegates commented, “The conference was engaging and informative.“Not everyone with a disability experiences their condition in the same way.It therefore follows that reasonable accommodation cannot be the same for every individual with a disability.” So how does an employer reasonably accommodate a person with a disability in their workplace?In her discussion, Imogen strongly emphasised the role which awareness plays in educating workforces about disability.

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