To provide quality work-(re)integration and support services to new and existing employers of people with disabilities, and employees with disabilities; and, through evidence-based practices, effect an increase in disability employment in the open labour market of South Africa; as such, we will contribute to the dismantling of the disability stigma (that people with disabilities cannot work), and prove that they are able to work and compete in the open labour market on a playing field that has been appropriately leveled by South African legislation.
To be the preferred, expert service provider to employers in South Africa, on all aspects of sustainably employing people with disabilities.
We highly value the contribution of employers to effecting our company’s mission.
Zerina’s 20-year career as an occupational therapist contributed towards the growth of implementing supported employment in South Africa. Her expertise is evident in the achievement of establishing a government based supported employment program for persons with psychiatric disabilities. She has been involved in providing training and mentoring to various organisations on how to set up supported employment programs. Her extensive experience in the field of supported employment is complimented with a strong academic trajectory with research about supported employment in a South African context.
Zerina’s passion is to enable companies to create disability inclusive work environments with solutions that are creative and sustainable overtime.
Madri is a qualified occupational therapist with a masters degree that focused on disability employment and the open labour market. She has been practicing for 15 years and brings a passion for creating competitive opportunities for people with disabilities, to the business. She has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of disability- and employment issues in South Africa, and has written on the challenges and approaches to these issues.
Madri follows a holistic, rights-based approach to disability integration into the workplace, while her experience in the Human Resource field informs her support services to employers. She approaches projects with a strong research orientation, consistently producing evidence for integrative approaches utilized at ASE.
Alistair started Altitude Management Services cc in 1997 after identifying the need for People with Disabilities to be integrated into main stream employment. This was successfully achieved via the temporary employment service model. In 1999 the CC was converted to a (Pty)Ltd, and a name change saw Altitude Workforce Solutions (Pty) Ltd being born.
Alistair graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Science degree with Marketing honours and then went on to complete a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from Damelin College. Prior to being involved in disability and employment, Alistair served a short stint in a corporate sales and marketing environment in the liquor industry. Realizing that this was not where he wanted to pursue a career, he joined two friends in building a business in the fashion and accessories business. A chance meeting with people with disabilities and people involved in the disability sector saw him sell out of this business after 8 years to follow the path that has now become the Altitude Group.