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Service Delivery for Children with Disabilities: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Practice

24 November 2009
12:00 - 14:00

Date :

24 November 2009

Time :

12:00 – 14:00

Presenters :

Ms Harsha Dayal, HSRC

Ms Manthipi Molamu, DSD

Ms Matu Jafta, DSD Disability unit

Ms Marie Schoeman, Department of Basic Education


Since 1994, South Africa has placed children’s rights high up on the agenda of all government programmes. These rights are firmly entrenched in the Bill of Rights of the SA Constitution (Act no: 108 of 1996) and in the Children’s Act (No: 35 of 2005) as amended.


However, the situation of children with disabilities continues to be characterised by neglect, ignorance, marginalisation and institutional failure, despite the vision and policy imperatives being adopted within a developmental and rights-based framework.

In the absence of a coherent approach to the delivery of support services to children with disabilities, the call to develop a strategy for the integration of services has become a crucial and probably the most urgent need in promoting the quality of life of all children with disabilities. The development of this strategy, in partnership with various stakeholders has been spearheaded by the Department of Social Development as part of its mandate.

This seminar is aimed at initiating dialogue, building networks and securing commitment with all those concerned in the care and well-being of children with disabilities, towards the successful implementation of a coherent strategy.

The audio presentation for the seminar is available for download

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Please RSVP by 20 November 2009


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