WHAT IS IPDM ?
An association of like-minded people who come together to share ideas and resources, discuss, plan and work towards the common goal of enabling people with disabilities to develop their work potential and obtain suitable and sustainable employment.
ORIGIN OF IPDM
IPDM was started in the late 70’s to provide a uniform platform for all organisations, companies and individuals seeking solutions to the many challenges associated with employing people with disabilities.
IPDM was registered as a welfare organisation in 1982 and successfully transferred to a non-profit organisation in 2001.
SOURCING AND PRESENTING CREDIBLE INFORMATION
IPDM’S key focus is the facilitation of collaboration within the Disability Sector as it relates to the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities.
By convening regular meetings where employers, persons with disabilities and experts in their field discuss, share ideas and disseminate information on issues relating to
- Work preparedness
- Employment in the open labour market
To promote the economic empowerment of people with disabilities to secure suitable and sustainable employment.
To contribute towards a transformed economy where people with disabilities are fully supported and included
In adhering to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, IPDM promotes the rights of persons with disabilities to work (Article 27) by participating in awareness-raising activities (Article 8).
IPDM also promotes the right to access to information which in South African legislation is known as the right to know and was enshrined in the South African Bill of Rights (Section 32) (1996).This adheres to Article 4 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), in which the state undertakes to provide accessible information to persons with disabilities (UN, 2006).