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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.40 n.1 Pretoria Mar. 2010

 

 

 

Wheelchairs - A human rights issue or a mere mobility device? Personal reflections of an occupational therapist

 

 

June McIntyre

B.Arb.; Part time Technician/ lecturer/clinical supervisor, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Audiology, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, University of KwaZulu Natal and Part time coordinator of the Wheelchairs KZN project of the Operation Jumpstart Association

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

People with disabilities, such as those with mobility impairments are particularly vulnerable to the abuse of many of their human rights. There seems to be little difference whether they access services through the public or private health care system. Drawining on the author's many years of experience as the project coordinator of a wheelchair donor programme in the province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) in South Africa (S.A.), thh article seeks to explore some of these issues with the use of ilustrative case studies clients accessing wheelchairs both through the public health and the private sector.

Key words: wheelchair provision, human rights, public and private health care system


 

 

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Correspondence:
June Mclntyre, B.Arb
Mcintyrej@ukzn.ac.za

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