The intersection between health and education : meeting the intervention needs of children and youth with disabilities

Show simple item record Samuels, Alecia E. Stemela, Unati Booi, Mpilo 2021-10-14T08:47:54Z 2021-10-14T08:47:54Z 2020-06
dc.description.abstract Improving developmental outcomes for children and youth with disabilities (CYWD) in low- and middleincome countries requires the removal of access barriers perpetuating the patterns of exclusion of persons with disabilities in general. In South Africa, an upper middleincome country with stark characteristics of inequality, intervention and support are hampered by inadequate coordination, and confusion regarding roles and responsibilities between key stakeholders in the health and education sectors. The World Disability Report highlights poor coordination of services, inadequate staffing, and poor staff competencies as critical in determining the quality, accessibility, and adequacy of services for persons with disabilities. The South African National Departments of Health and Basic Education both have individual as well as coordinated policies that should facilitate the participation of CYWD in environments important to their health, development and academic abilities. However, there is a disjuncture in how these policies are implemented at provincial, district, hospital, and school level when children transition between these sectors. Drawing on bioecological systems theory, the chapter explores how intersectoral collaboration in the health and education sectors is affected by poor coordination and integration at various levels of the system for CYWD. The chapter further proposes how rehabilitation professionals working in these two sectors and delivering intervention services at grassroots level, can start to use a biopsychosocial approach, such as the International Classification for Functioning, Disability and Health, to transform their practices and improve coordination of roles and responsibilities. This would allow CYWD to transition more seamlessly between these sectors, mitigating the systemic barriers that lead to inadequate health, development and academic outcomes for disabled children. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.department Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Samuels, A., Stemela, U. & Booi, M. 2020, 'The intersection between health and education: meeting the intervention needs of children and youth with disabilities', South African Health Review, vol. 2020, no. 1, pp. 172-181. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1025-1715 (print)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Health Systems Trust en_ZA
dc.rights © Health Systems Trust. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license. en_ZA
dc.subject Children and youth with disabilities (CYWD) en_ZA
dc.subject Collaboration en_ZA
dc.subject Department of Health en_ZA
dc.subject Department of Education en_ZA
dc.subject Rehabilitation en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title The intersection between health and education : meeting the intervention needs of children and youth with disabilities en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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