What IS Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)?
'CBR is a strategy within community development
for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities
and social inclusion of all adults and children
with disabilities. CBR is implemented through the
combined efforts of disabled people themselves,
their families and communities, and the appropriate
health, education, vocational and social services.'
(ILO, UNESCO, WHO Joint Position Paper 2004).
CBR is a strategy to fully include people
with disabilities in society. It does this by specifically
including people with disabilities in community
development plans, and by breaking down barriers
– and changing people’s attitudes – that otherwise
prevent their full participation in everyday life.
We bring you more about CBR in this issue.
All the best,
The South African
Society of Physiotherapy
Maryke Bezuidenhout/ Rural Physiotherapist
Jean Elphick | National
Manager: Empowerment Programme: Children with Disabilities
and Their Families
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