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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.41 n.3 Pretoria  2011




Supported employment: Recommendations for successful implementation in South Africa



Lana Van NiekerkI; Zelda CoetzeeII; Madri EngelbrechtIII; Zerina HajwaniIV; Susan LandmanV; Mapheyeledi MotimeleVI; Santie TerreblancheVII

IB OT (UOFS) M OT (UOFS) PhD (UCT). Associate Professor, Division Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town
IIDip Occ Ther (Vona du Toit College) MSc OT (UCT). Lecturer.Division of OccupationalTherapy, University of Stellenbosch
IIIB OT (Stell) MSc OT (UCT). Clinical Educator, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Cape Town
IVBSc OT (UWC) MSc OT (UCT). Lecturer: Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town
VB OT (Stell), MSc OT (UCT). Clinical Educator, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Twon
VIBSc OT (UCT). Clinical Educator. Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town
VIIB OT (Stell). General Manager: Training Workshops Unlimited





Introduction: This article reports on the findings of a descriptive qualitative study in which supported employment (SE), as a potential strategy to facilitate the employment ofpersons with disability in the open labour market in South Africa, was explored. A brief description of SE and its success in other countries will be provided before the challenges faced in South Africa that might prevent its successful implementation will be discussed.
Methodology: A focus group interview was utilised to explore the suitability and possible modifications needed for SE in the South African context. Questions were asked to explore barriers to successful implementation and adaptations required to make it a workable strategy with which to facilitate employment of persons with disability.
Findings: Four themes emerged; 'the envisaged nature of SE in South Africa', 'key role-players necessary for the service to be successful', 'barriers to successful establishment of SE services' and 'the disability grant mechanism in South Africa'. Recommendations are made for successful implementation of SE service in South Africa.

Key words: Supported Employment, Disability, Job coaching, Employment Equity, Reasonable Accommodation



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