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Participation issues in rehabilitation 

Participation issues in rehabilitation
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Participation issues in rehabilitation
Author(s):

Anthony B. Ward

, Michael P. Barnes

, Sandra C. Stark

, and Sarah Ryan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550524.003.0016
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date: 17 September 2019

Introduction 230

Finance and benefits 232

Education and further education 234

Employment 236

Vocational rehabilitation 238

Transition to adult life—the disabled school leaver 242

Participation issues are concerned with the factors that affect the lives of people with disabilities. Although often outside the control of health professionals—as they are based on societal attitudes and governmental legislative policy—the rehabilitation team needs to develop links with professionals in employment, social services, and housing departments. Although this chapter has a UK orientation, the same principles apply in other societies. The details may change, but it is important to address participation and how societal barriers can be broken down to allow people with disabilities to play their full part in society. This chapter highlights the areas to be covered, but also the areas where most of the barriers exist. Society’s attitude to people with disability is changing for the better, but there is a long way to go before disability discrimination ceases....

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