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Policies and Programmes for Disabled People in the Commonwealth

Report of a Survey

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Government Policies for the Disabled

The United Nations slogan “full participation and equality” accentuated the strong swing away from care in institutions to independent living in the family and in the community generally. Ministries of health and of social welfare, in large countries and small, insisted that resources were being diverted from the creation of new “disease palaces” (large hospitals in main centres of population) to primary health care nationwide; and from “dumping grounds” (residential homes for the disabled) to rehabilitation centres - better still to rehabilitation techniques at village level - with the objective of restoring mobility and sufficient well-being to enable disabled people to come and go in society on an equal basis with everybody else.

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