Accomodating people

Hiten and Keshika both maintained that whilst adhering to the minimum standards is important, employers need to give consideration to ensuring that their workplaces are as fully accessible as possible.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.In addition, supportive policies within the organisation can assist in ensuring that best practice is followed at all times.Continuing the theme of inclusive workplaces, delegates were introduced to Architect & Universal Access Consultant, Hiten Bawa, and Occupational Therapist, Keshika Naidoo, who shared insights on what is involved in creating an accessible environment.

“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.The informal conference style, which encouraged active delegate participation, provided an environment where all participants gained value.In her segment, Justene unpacked different types of mental disabilities, including some of the challenges experienced and possible types of reasonable accommodation.Justene highlighted that ongoing support is critical in the successful management of invisible disabilities.