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Community-Based Rehabilitation for Children with Intellectual Disability: A Case Study of Endosulfan Affected Areas in India

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Anzu Augustine

Kudumbashree - National Resource Organization, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, IN
About Anzu

Anzu Augustine is Thematic Anchor for Social Development at Kudumbashree NRO run by the Governments of Kerala and India. She is trained in Social Work with focus on Mental Health from TISS, Mumbai. Her broader interest  and experience lie in mental health interventions, community based rehabilitation, rural development and qualitative research, with a special focus on children.

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Abstract

This article describes a Community-Based Participatory Approach (CBPA) for children with intellectual disability in Endosulfan affected areas of Kasaragod district in Kerala state of India. The CBPA strategy evolved from Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and was led by Local Self-Government (LSG) members. It involves a four-pronged approach encompassing family, community, service centres and LSG, with a focus on income generation activities and creation of employment opportunities. The CBPA model considers the cultural uniqueness and limited resources in  areas where the unscientific and extensive use of pesticides has had long lasting effects leading to high prevalence of multiple deformities including intellectual disabilities.

How to Cite: Augustine, A., 2016. Community-Based Rehabilitation for Children with Intellectual Disability: A Case Study of Endosulfan Affected Areas in India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 27(3), pp.132–140. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v27i3.515
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Published on 14 Nov 2016.
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