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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.38 n.1 Pretoria  2008




Participation in work: A human rights issue for people with psychiatric disabilities



Lana van Niekerk

PhD; Head: Division Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town





The article will endeavour to situate discrimination against disabled people in the world of work as a human rights issue. An argument will be made for occupational therapists to give more attention to recent developments in the literature, policies and legislation in order to develop services that will best promote the participation of people with disability in work. Recommendations for service models will be made, each based on a case study that was developed using an interpretive biography research design.

Key words: supported employment, vocational rehabilitation, psychiatric disability, human rights



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