This paper explores access to health and education for disabled youth in sites with and without community rehabilitation workers (CRWs). A cross-sectional survey using a structured questionnaire was undertaken in nine sites in South Africa, and a snowball sample of 523 disabled youths of both sexes, aged between 18 and 35 years, was selected. The survey found that a significantly larger proportion of disabled youth living in sites with CRWs were seen by health care workers at home, and that there was a large difference in educational access between sites with and without CRWs. CRWs are well positioned to promote equal citizenship for disabled youth through service learning with occupational therapy final year students to improve access to health and education, so that barriers to their participation in economic development are removed.

Aid – Capacity development, Civil society – Participation, Gender and diversity – Disability, Health, Labour and livelihoods – Poverty reduction, Social sector – Education, Sub-Saharan Africa, Youth
dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2015.983461, hdl.handle.net/1765/83174
Development in Practice: stimulating thought for action
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Lorenzo, T, Motau, J, van der Merwe, T, & Cramm, J.M. (2015). Community rehabilitation workers as catalysts for disability: inclusive youth development through service learning. Development in Practice: stimulating thought for action, 25(1), 19–28. doi:10.1080/09614524.2015.983461