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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2010): Services for the disabled - overseas

Economic costs of caring for children with disabilities in Canada

P. Burton and S. Phipps

Canadian Public Policy, vol. 35, 2009, p. 269-290

Using microdata from the child component of the 2001 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS), this paper studies the private economic costs of caring for children with disabilities in Canada. Despite universal health insurance, the majority of Canadian families of children with disabilities face both direct out-of-pocket and indirect opportunity costs as a result of their child's condition. The authors call for additional financial support to be offered to parents, particularly when the child's condition is severe, and for costly therapy and specialised aids to be provided free.

Equal rights and equal duties? Activating labour market policy and the participation of long-term unemployed people with disabilities after the reform of the German welfare state

A. Rauch and J. Dornette

Journal of Social Policy, vol. 39, 2010, p. 53-70

In Germany different codes of social law with differing underlying principles frame the labour market integration of disabled people. Social Code IX aims at appropriate integration, taking into account the state of people's health and focusing on widening self-determination. Social Code II, on the other hand, focuses on rapid reintegration of the unemployed into the labour market with limited self-determination. Social Code II impacts adversely on disabled people, whose chances of receiving a job placement suitable to the individual's health or a place on a rehabilitation scheme appear to be slight.

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