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Success in the workplace: From the voice of (dis)abled to the voice of enabled

Gloria Marsay

African Journal of Disability; Vol 3, No 1 (2014), 10 pages. doi: 10.4102/ajod.v3i1.99

Submitted: 08 November 2013
Published:  21 November 2014


The intention of this article is twofold; first to encourage a shift in seeing ‘the disabled’not as people with disabilities but rather as people with unique abilities. Secondly, toexplore ways of facilitating gainful employment for these uniquely abled people. The termdisability is examined against a backdrop of definitions including the definition postulatedby the International Classification of Functioning. In this article, the life experiences of apurposive sample of people with (dis)abilities who have been successful in the world ofwork are explored. A narrative approach gives voice to their experiences. Quotes from theparticipants’ responses are used to illustrate the common themes that emerged relating totheir experiences. These themes are resonated against a backdrop of relevant literature. Ifdisabled people are enabled to recognize and use their unique abilities, as well as developvarious self-determination skills, imagine the endless possibilities which could arise for themand society in general.

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Gloria Marsay, Independent psychologist in private practice, South Africa



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