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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2011): Services for the disabled - overseas

Disability and poverty: a global challenge

A. Eide and B. Ingstad (editors)

Bristol: Policy Press, 2011

This book is about being disabled and being poor and the social, cultural and political processes that link these two aspects of living. Environmental barriers, limited access to services and discriminatory attitudes and practice are among key elements that drive disabled people into poverty and keep them there. This book explores the lived realities of people with disabilities from across the developing world and examines how the coping strategies of individuals and families emerge in different contexts.

Discrimination against children with disability in China

X. Shang, K.R. Fisher and J. Xie

International Journal of Social Welfare, vol.20, 2011, p. 298-308

Families' experiences in connection with having a disabled child have been little researched in China. This study applies a child-based human rights framework to analysis of families' experiences in one rural county of Jiangxi Province. The framework brings to light the social discrimination and abuse experienced by disabled children and their families in disadvantaged rural communities. The study shows that some families with disabled children experience discrimination in the four domains of care and protection, economic security, developmental support and social participation. The lack of institutional processes to secure formal support exacerbates the pressure on families, further increasing the risk of social exclusion and neglect of disabled children. The failure to uphold the rights of disabled children has a negative impact on the children, their families and their community.

A long-term disability care and support scheme for Australia: opportunities for disability sector reform

M. Dyson and S. Canobi

Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 5, 2011, p. 138-144

For Australians with a disability, physical and attitudinal barriers to accessing and maintaining employment exist despite Australia's low unemployment rate and ageing workforce. A long-term disability care and support scheme could act at a systemic level to improve the work and community participation of disabled Australians who can enter employment while funding long-term care and support for those who cannot.

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