oa South African Health Review - Vulnerability of children with disability- the impact of current policy and legislation : child health

Volume 2006 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



This chapter outlines the particular vulnerabilities of disabled children and explores various factors that create and perpetuate these. The determinants of disability - both impairment and exclusion - are described. The limited prevalence rates that are available for childhood disability and chronic illness are presented. Key policies and legislation that affect children with disabilities are cited, particularly in relation to the health sector. The impact of these policies at service provision and community level is described, as there are persisting barriers that exclude children with disability from effective preventative, curative and rehabilitation health services. Finally, recommendations are made as to how these should be addressed.

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