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ERIC Number: ED288319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Pages: 703
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-942364-06-6
Disabled Village Children. A Guide for Community Health Workers, Rehabilitation Workers, and Families. First Edition.
Werner, David
This heavily illustrated volume is a reference book intended to bring together basic information to help community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families in rural areas of developing countries meet the needs of village children with a wide range of disabilities. Part 1, "Working with the Child and Family," reviews the prevention of disabilities (examining and evaluating the disabled child) and simple ways to measure and record a child's progress. A guide for identifying disabilities includes detailed descriptions and illustrations of the most common disabilities found in developing countries. Also included is information on early stimulation and developmental activities for delayed infants and for young children with mental or physical delays, guidance on how to help children become more self-reliant, and exercises and techniques for managing physical disabilities. Part 2, "Working with the Community," includes sections on starting village-based rehabilitation activities, building playgrounds for all children, helping teachers and children understand disabled children, using popular theater to raise awareness and gain greater community participation, and establishing a children's workshop for making toys. It also discusses how to organize, manage, and finance a village rehabilitation program; adaptation of the home and community to the needs of the disabled; concerns of the disabled about love, sex, and social adjustment; the role of education at home, school, and work; work possibilities and training; and descriptions of successful community-directed programs. Part 3, "Working in the Shop," provides specific instructions and advice about setting up a workshop to make rehabilitation aids and procedures to be followed in providing aids such as braces and casts, developmental and walking aids, wheelchairs, and artificial limbs. The volume also includes a nine-page list of references, a glossary, and an index. This publication is announced in the May 1987 issue of "Newsletter from the Sierra Madre," which is appended. The newsletter includes a story, article, photographs, and illustrations which describe the work of Project Projimo and Project Piaxtla, of western Mexico, where this book had its start and was field tested. (JW)
Hesperian Foundation, P.O. Box 1692, Palo Alto, CA 94302 ($9.00, 12 or more, $7.00 each).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hesperian Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.