oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - The potential of children with disabilities to contribute to policy analysis - supporting children with disabilities become socio-economic rights activists : project review 2

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The Children's Act 38 of 2005 affirms the right of children to participate in all decisions affecting their lives. However, societal perspectives on the capacities of children inhibit the realisation of this right. An inordinate amount of attention is given to what children are 'unable' to do, instead of supporting the potential of their abilities (Lansdown, 2001). This is true for children in general and, in particular, for children with disabilities.

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