PRESS RELEASE: ENSURING RIGHT TO EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SHOULD REMAIN A PRIORITY
31 March 2017
Every year March is commemorated as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, and this year the South African Federation for Mental Health focused on creating awareness around the right that persons with intellectual disabilities have to access employment opportunities. As the month draws to an end, SAFMH would like to call on Government, partners, mental health care users and the public to continue working to ensure that the rights of persons with intellectual disability are protected and upheld.
The right of persons with disabilities to access employment opportunities is enshrined in various pieces of national and international legislation, and it is our collective responsibility to empower and assist persons with intellectual disability to access these rights.
SAFMH would like to encourage persons with intellectual disabilities and prospective employers to make use of the SAFMH Right to Employment video materials and other informational resources, and to look for ways in which our workplaces and economy can become more inclusive and accessible.
The DVD and videos are divided into two sections:
Section 1 is focused on persons with mental disabilities who want to find employment. The video includes information such as practical tips on how to create a CV, how to prepare for a job interview, what reasonable accommodation is and what labour laws exist in South Africa that protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
Section 1 for employees can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GREpziXLZoc&feature=youtu.be
Section 2 is focused on prospective employers of persons with mental disabilities. It aims to educate companies and organisations about what is meant by mental disability, what the various benefits are of employing persons with disabilities, what can be expected of companies with regards to reasonable accommodation, and what labour laws protect persons with disabilities in South Africa.
Section 2 for employers can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=819DHxwRCy0&t=6s
Thank you to all partners and stakeholders for their efforts throughout the month to raise awareness around this important topic. We hope that the hard work will continue to ensure that persons with intellectual disability are given the chance to access all the opportunities that other South Africans enjoy.
FOR INQUIRIES INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Programme Manager: Information & Awareness
SA Federation for Mental Health