Perspectives on Employing Persons with Disabilities (4/4)

In this fourth and final episode, Jeremy speaks about how employers need to be more strategic about employing people with disabilities if they wish to succeed. In the previous three episodes Jeremy outlined the importance of seeing disability inclusion in perspective, taking into account three views; the legislative view, the human rights view and the business case view. In this episode, Jeremy discusses  what he calls his ‘holistic disability equity approach’. He states that typically, READ MORE

But why should we make the hotel accessible?

In my last Perspectives on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities 3/4 blog which featured the podcast produced by Lois Strachan, and I discuss the business case, I mentioned a favourite cartoon  which I think encapsulates the whole business case argument beautifully. Believe it or not, this cartoon was commissioned by me after this incident really happened.

Perspectives on employing Persons with Disabilities (3/4)

The business case view Jeremy continues on his theme that if employers wish to take  disability employment seriously then a perspective view is necessary. In this third of four podcasts produced by Lois Strachan, Jeremy Opperman explores the business case  for disability inclusion as the third part of his  trinocular view model. Moving away from  the other two views or lenses , the legislative compliance view and the human rights view, Jeremy states that  the READ MORE

Perspectives on employing Persons with Disabilities (2/4)

The Human Rights view In this podcast, produced by Lois Strachan and the second of four episodes, Jeremy Opperman continues on his trinocular theme of needing to look at the employment of persons with disabilities  with perspective. Taking into account not just the legislative requirement to employ people with disability but for employers to look through two other lenses as well – the human rights lens and the business case lens – if they wish READ MORE

Perspectives on employing Persons with Disabilities (1/4)

The Legislative View The importance of perspective in understanding the employment of persons with disabilities. In this podcast, the first in a series of four episodes,  produced by Lois Strachan, Jeremy Opperman discusses the complexity of employing people with disabilities in the South African context. With his characteristic frankness and drawing on his 24 years of disability inclusion experience, he unpacks the fundamental pro’s and con’s and challenges of fixating on legislative compliance rather than READ MORE

Pockets of Excellence

We had just landed after a short hop from Orlando to Atlanta, and we have about 90 minutes to make our connection to Cape Town.  Stepping off the plane we are approached by a man saying, “are you Mr Osman?” “No,” I say. “Yes”, says  Jackie, my wife. “Oh, here we go,” I think. I look at Jackie and say, “why am I Mr Osman exactly?” “Because, he has a sign that says,  Mr Opperman,” READ MORE


“Stairs! Stairs!” They cried. I am standing in a train, at the entrance of a carriage looking out. In front of me is the platform of one of the downtown stations in Salt lake City. Upon the platform, stand my wife and daughter, shouting up at me, “stairs, stairs’’, although at the time, I wasn’t clear on exactly what they were saying. I in turn, am frozen in place, confused and frightened. Being a grizzled READ MORE

Do accessible signalised intersections and crossings ensure pedestrian safety?

In Cape Town we are blessed to have a great many universally accessible, signalised intersections and crossings which include an audio or audio/tactile facility, which are useful for blind and even deaf/blind as well. In fact, to the City’s credit, it is a matter of policy that audio signals are installed in any new intersection being set up or refitted. This means that for pedestrians, including the blind, in theory at least, crossing at intersections READ MORE

Why are there so few audio traffic signals?

It is almost three years to the day, on the 9th of September 2019, that the late Deputy State Attorney, Webster Sekwati, was run over on Pritchard Street, in downtown Johannesburg, right outside the High Court, at a pedestrian crossing. Mr Sekwati, by all accounts, was a humble, hardworking, and very competent lawyer. What is interesting is that the media made less mention of the fact that he was run over by a taxi clearly READ MORE

Is there Room in the Diversity Narrative for Disability?

At lunch recently with a bunch of people I didn’t know, I was reminded again how separated we, as People with Disabilities are. I was once again fascinated by the level of basic ignorance, displayed by normal average folks, about the basic capabilities of blind people, and the various bits of kit available to them, talking watches, Voice-over on the iPhone, (and you should have seen their faces when I told them that the phone READ MORE