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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




CBR students' understanding of the oppression of people with disabilities



Sarah Rule

(BA Sp&H Th); Director: CREATE





According to the social model of disability, there are clear links between the barriers that people with disabilities experience and their oppression by able-bodied people. Community based rehabilitation students have been taught to work from a social model perspective of disability. Through action research, this study investigated how community based rehabilitation students understand the oppression of people with disabilities. Following an initial phase of interviews with past students, changes were implemented in the CBR course. Subsequent interviews with students demonstrated that they have a greater understanding of the complexities of the oppression of people with disabilities than past students. Recommendations are made to link training on the oppression of people with disabilities to a human rights approach to disability.

Key words: community based rehabilitation, oppression, social model of disability, action research, community rehabilitation facilitators



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