Finding Abilities In Their Disabilities


With hundreds of candidates involved in their projects at any given time, the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise (DWDE) is helping to improve the lives of South African citizens with disabilities.

Hearing impaired couple, Jade Arendse and Imraan Barodien from Brackenfell, recently welcomed their hearing baby into the world. They also became gainfully employed with the help of DWDE, a Cape Town-based organisation that brings business and disability together and offers disability employment support, to help integrate people with disabilities into the general workforce.

Arendse heard about DWDE on the radio and now works at their Claremont office, where she says she’s been able to gain experience as a member of the workforce and learn new skills.

It’s not always easy for people with disabilities to find work, but DWDE helps and makes things easier for them.

Arendse struggled to find work because of her hearing impairment. Despite being competent in many areas, businesses said they did not want to accommodate someone who couldn’t speak on the phone. She now works as a job coach and has helped hundreds of others with disabilities find work across the country.

Following her own success, Arendse recommended the organisation to Barodien, who’s now found work at a local import business in Montague Gardens. He explains that DWDE makes it easier for companies to recruit people with disabilities and encourages them to broaden their horizons and consider disabled applicants.

DWDE gives disabled people the chance to lead their lives as normally as possible.

Apart from their training and employment projects, DWDE also hosts weekly open days where people with disabilities can find help looking for employment.
They work with businesses and assess their needs to help find suitable candidates. The candidates are in turn offered training and education opportunities.

DWDE also encourages entrepreneurship with projects aimed at teaching candidates the skills required to start their own businesses.

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