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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2004): Services for the Disabled - Overseas

COMMUNITY-BASED VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: EXPERIENCES FROM A PILOT PROJECT IN NIGERIA

E.B. Alude

British Journal of Special Education, Vol.31, 2004, p.143-149

Community-based vocational rehabilitation (CBVR) involves the apprenticing of people with disabilities to local artisans. The aim is to equip the trainees with the knowledge and skills they need to become self-sufficient in the same community as self-employed craftsmen. The article evaluates a pilot CBVR scheme in Oyo State in Nigeria.

SELF DETERMINATION WITHIN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL TRANSITION PROGRAMMES FOR STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY

C. Laragy

Disability and Society, Vol.19, 2004, p.519-530

Paper reviews the extent to which concepts of self determination have shaped Australian transition programmes for young people with disabilities as they move from school to adult options, and whether these programmes have assisted young people to achieve their preferred outcomes. Results show that participation in decision-making by young people and their families led to increased service responsiveness and greater achievement of preferred outcomes. However the restructuring of services to become flexible and responsive has been slower than expected. This is due in part to increased demand for services which put staff under strain and led to less individual focus.

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