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Advisors: Dr. Tirusew Teferra
Copyright: Jun-2000
Date Added: 6-Nov-2012
Abstract: This Study is designed to investigate the implementation of Community-Based Rehabilitation program for four groups of children with physical disabilities namely Cerebral Palsy (CP), Polio, amputee and clubfoot children in Adama town. The study was conducted by using qualitative as well as quantitative methods. Consultation of documents and questionnaire were also used to complement the focus group discussion. By using both data collection methods, 104 subjects were completed the questionnaire while 16 children and 14 adults were respectively participated in five focus group discussion sessions. Regarding Children with physical disabilities, they are 58 in number and their mean age is 15.5 with SO 1.49. This implies that their age difference is not significant. In other words, majorities of the sampled children's age lies in the age group of Adolescence. The Prevalence of Polio, CP, Clubfoot and amputee is higher among male children than females. Out of the total sampled group male children constitutes 64%. The prevalence of physical disability is high among male than female because male children are exposed to accidents, falls and different unknown disabling factors. Similarly, there appears to be a relationship between educational level and income of parents and prevalence of physical disabilities. In this regard, majorities of children with Physical disabilities those who were involved in CBR programs are from families of low income and low educational level. This study also finds that community based rehabilitation program has been able to brought about substantial changes in the lives of its program participants in terms of awareness raising, facilitating their material, perceptual and emotional pathways to empowerment both at children and paternal levels. Parents who were previously not involved in any income generating activities have now began showing improvement in their livelihood as well as in rendering basic rehabilitation services for their children with physical disabilities. Parents' awareness about the causes of physical disability is significantly changed from the previous religious beliefs to understanding about the real possible causes of Physical disability as a result of CBR intervention. This study also found out that except in few community organizations, involvement of the community in planning, decision-making, and evaluation of the CBR program was minimal. However, Participation of children in community based rehabilitation services such as in disability club formation, participating in disabled children's association and child-to-child interaction activities was high and had enhanced their self-confidence and reduced feelings of isolation and dependency.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3679
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