Jeremy Opperman &
Achieving a natural and unhesitant inclusion of people with disabilities
into mainstream society
Jeremy Opperman & Assoc stands for an holistic
and strategic approach to Disability inclusion.
Promoting a strong culture of Disability confidence in organisations,
not only with employment issues, but integrating corporate Social investment
as well as all operational functions of the business; including customer
service, sales, facilities, HR, marketing, IT and procurement to name
Jeremy Opperman developed the practical and adaptable
“Meeting Disability” suite of programmes, in 2002 which
has been conducted in over 500 workshops reaching well over 6000, executives,
managers and staff nationwide in both private and public sectors.
In addition the company has been involved in the
attitudinal assessment of over 230 managers and more than 150 staff
with Disabilities nationwide. This data combined with the hundreds of
professional access audits conducted by our internationally trained
associate, gives Jeremy Opperman & Assoc unparalleled insight and
leadership in the area of “Disability Integration Preparation”
in organizational South Africa. Recently the company launched its latest
strategic approach to Disability and Employment Equity, “Eating
Elephants – One Bite at a time”; Applied Disability integration
Jeremy Opperman & Assoc is a DOE, (Disability
Owned Enterprise). It draws on the expertise of a wide range of experienced
Disability related professionals, thereby tapping into a unique breadth
of service and experience. Most associates are persons with Disabilities
The services most frequently provided
Internationally accredited Access Auditing
Sign Language training
Disability related Labour Legal services
Policy writing and evaluation
Disability strategy consultation
Research; surveys, focus groups and interviews.
Facilitation and training of awareness raising and sensitization
Support, coaching and advisory services.
For more detail or information on any
of the services above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About Jeremy Opperman
Jeremy grew up in Cape Town, South Africa.
After graduating from UCT in 1987, Jeremy worked
as a marketer of leading edge people development and training services
Since starting his own HR marketing consultancy
in 1999, Jeremy started focusing increasingly on diversity and Disability
issues and is particularly passionate about the “Unhesitant and
natural” integration of people with disabilities into mainstream
Jeremy is a strong proponent for Pan-Disability
advocacy and began to forge links with numerous DPO’s (Disabled
Peoples Organisations), government role-players and many individuals
and consultancies involved in this area. Many of these early relationships
emerged to become the associates of Jeremy opperman & Assoc.
It was at this time that Jeremy formulated his
mantra, “Disability integration Preperation”.
This was borne out of the frustration and constant disappointment experienced
by individuals and service providers attempting to (non stereotypically)
place or introduce people with Disabilities into public and private
organisations, usually with little or no success.
From then on, Jeremy shifted focus somewhat and
directed his energy almost exclusively toward addressing what he believes
to be the principle problem in the sluggish performance around Disability
Equity in South Africa; that the vast majority of people in organizations
are simply not prepared (or inclined) to perform, due to a pervasive
lack of awareness and understanding about Disability and in particular
its relationship within Society.
Since then Jeremy has worked exclusively in the
area of addressing the need for attitudinal shifting in organizations,
leaving the business of placement of persons with disabilities to the
few individuals and organizations that are competent to do this.
Jeremy created the Meeting Disability suite of
awareness programmes in 2002 and has personally conducted over 500 workshops
for Executives, Managers and Staff in every kind of organization, public
Jeremy speaks, writes and consults widely on such
topics as Disability Confidence, Making a business case for Disability
equity, A Strategic approach to Disability Integration and Corporate
Social investment in Disability. He recently introduced his latest approach;
Applied Disability Strategy, Eating Elephants, One bite at a time.
Jeremy is a founder member of ADiPSA (Association
of Diversity Providers of SA, and is also involved with several disability
institutions, and is on the Board of directors of St Dunstans (SA),
WUFSA and APD (Cape Town.
Jeremy lives in Claremont, Cape Town with his wife
Jackie and their children, Saskia and Benjamin, and of course ….his
Guide dog Barklee.