Welkin Projects

Embracing each other's differences


Programme for 2016 - More Than A Sign - Annual Disability Conference

NB:  For more information about each speaker, please click on their name

08h30 - 08h45


Welkin Projects Team

08h45 - 09h00

Welcome and Introduction

Philippa Robertson Smith

09h00 – 10h30

The Legislative context

Tariq Shurmah

  • Responding to the spirit of the legislation while addressing the compliance element
  •  Where disability fits into the revised B-BBEE code
  • Employer Needs to tackle barriers
  • Employment Equity Plan & Reporting 

10h30 - 11h00

Tea Break

11h00 - 11h30

Definition of Disability According to EEA

Philippa Robertson Smith


  • The three criteria to classify a person with a disability
  • The two excluded categories
  • Applying the categories in practice
  • General Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts

11h30 - 12h00

Disability Accessibility Audits  

David Reevell


  • Overview & Legislation regarding accessibility
  • Areas to be measured, and what happens thereafter
  • Health and Safety
  • Disability Accessibility Audit Toolkit

12h00 - 13h00

Sensitization & Awareness & Disclosure

Philippa Robertson Smith


  • What come first?  Sensitization or Awareness
  • The best way to sensitize your staff
  • Why people don’t disclose
  • Implementing a disclosure process
  • The importance of confidentiality, rights & responsibilities
  • A sustainable approach to disclosure
  • Disability Disclosure Toolkit 

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch Break

14h00 - 14h30

Good Recruitment Practice

Undere’ Deglon

  • Benefits of employing PWD’s
  • Practicalities of employing PWD’s
  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Application
  • EEA and criteria of unfairness
  • EEA and suitably qualified
  • Good practices for interviewing hard-of-hearing, deaf or blind candidates
  • EEA and medical testing 

14h30 - 15h00

Retention practices    

Undere’ Deglon

15h00 - 15h30

Reasonable Accommodation

Amos Maziba

  • Code of best practice
  • Assistive Technology 

15h30 - 16h00

Skills Development / Training / Learnerships

Undere’ Deglon

16h00 - 16h30

Frequently asked questions     

Philippa Robertson Smith

Philippa Robertson Smith