Progression advocates that disability is part of normal human experience and its solutions are guided by best practice and are in line with legislation. The prevalence of disability in a society is influenced by both political and economic factors. It is estimated that 10 – 26% of the worldwide population is regarded as living with a disability. In South Africa there are no reliable statistics regarding the incidence of disability but it is estimated that 10% of the population are regarded as living with a disability.

Disability is a condition caused by an accident, trauma, genetics or disease, which limits a person’s mobility, hearing, vision, speech and intellectual or emotional functioning. According to the Employment Equity Act people with a disability are people who have a long term or recurring physical, including sensory, or mental impairment which substantially limits their prospect of entry into or advancement in employment.

Unlike physical and systematic barriers, attitudinal barriers that often lead to discrimination cannot be overcome simply through laws. The best remedy is familiarity – getting people with and without disabilities to mingle as co-workers, associates and social acquaintances. In time, most of the attitudes will give way to comfort, respect and friendship.

Products and Services include:

Disability Disclosure Audit

A Disability Disclosure Audit is the process of gathering insight into the demographic profile within your organisation to address and manage disability in the workplace. This refers specifically to gaps around disability compliance that will take into consideration gender, race and nationality.  Understanding the number of people with disabilities within an organisation is important when managing transformation and promoting an inclusive workplace. The process is based on best practice principles as defined by the Employment Equity Act and is also aligned to individual business needs.

Disability Awareness Animation

For disability awareness to become an integral part of corporate South Africa, it is important that we increase the understanding of diversity. Progression has therefore developed a unique animation product that uses humour to communicate the important issues surrounding diversity and disability in the workplace. It is an excellent tool for reaching large numbers of people and can be accessed using electronic media.

Click here to watch the Progression disability awareness animation trailer.

Disability Awareness & Sensitisation Workshops

Awareness and sensitisation around disability in the workplace aims to increase, awareness, understanding and knowledge about disability in order to promote an inclusive workplace. Initiatives are interactive, provoke attitudinal change and empower delegates to follow best practice, thus reducing discriminatory behaviour within the workplace.

Progression offers a full range of Disability Awareness & Sensitisation programmes which speak to a variety of audiences including human resource departments; Employment Equity, disability, or diversity forums; managers and general staff.

Environmental Accessibility Assessment

An environmental audit is conducted to determine the current accessibility status of a building. Conducted by Occupational Therapists and Universal Design specialists, this assessment provides insight into the accessibility limitations of a workplace environment based on South African minimum building regulation standards and international best practice, and provides recommendations for improved access, thus promoting an inclusive workplace.

Disability Verification

Disability verification is the process of confirming that the condition disclosed by an employee meets the criteria as outlined by the definition of disability stated in the Employment Equity Act. The process includes ensuring that all relevant documentation is obtained for compliance purposes. 

Ergonomic Assessment

An Ergonomic Assessment usually refers to the assessment of a workstation or work environment and the individual’s job function to ensure that it is ergonomically designed to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity. Ergonomics include physical aspects of the work environment, such as workstation set-up and equipment, noise, temperature, lighting, and access, as well as organisational aspects such as workload, job pace and workplace diversity. The Ergonomic Assessment for a person with a disability in the workplace will make recommendations to reasonably accommodate the individual in functioning to full capacity.

Back to Work Strategies

Progression is able to develop a back to work strategy for any employee who has acquired a physical or mental disability. The back to work plan involves relevant stakeholders and ensures a smooth back to work process based on best practice that benefits the employee and the employer within an inclusive workplace.