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Committee Report No 9: Social security for people with disabilities
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9.1. Evaluation of disability in South Africa
  9.1.1. The scope of disability
  9.1.2. The demographics of disability
  9.1.3. The imperative to act
  9.1.4. Definition of disability and implications for national policy
  9.1.5. Economic consequences of disability
  9.1.6. Social consequences of disability
9.2. Standards and norms of disability policy
  9.2.1. International standards and norms
  9.2.2. National standards and norms
9.3. Mainstreaming and independent living
9.4. Progress and gaps in the current framework
  9.4.1. Access
  9.4.2. Administration
  9.4.3. Information
  9.4.4. Assessment
9.5. The need to reconceptualise disability
  9.5.1. Integrating the medical and social model in developing an interactionist approach
  9.5.2. Classifying disability?
9.6. Mon-contributory income transfers—social assistance act (no. 59 of 1992) and regulations
  9.6.1. General
  9.6.2. The social grant for disabled persons
  9.6.3. The CDG
  9.6.4. Gaps, limitations, discrepancies in and suggested improvements to social assistance provisioning
9.7. Health coverage
  9.7.1. General
  9.7.2. The mission of the Department of Health
  9.7.3. Causes of disability
  9.7.4. Reflections on the quality of health services
  9.7.5. Access to services
  9.7.6. Issues relating to people with mental disabilities
  9.7.7. Critique of policy interventions
  9.7.8. Recommendations
9.8. Services and non-cash benefits to persons with disabilities
  9.8.1. Constitutional imperative
  9.8.2. Food
  9.8.3. Education
  9.8.4. Transport
  9.8.5. Housing
  9.8.6. Social welfare services
9.9. Active labour market measures
  9.9.1. Protective workshops
  9.9.2. Expenditure
  9.9.3. Community Based Public Works Programme (CBPWP)
  9.9.4. Skills development strategy
  9.9.5. Bursary Scheme for Persons with Disabilities
  9.9.6. Wage Subsidy Scheme
9.10. Contributory social security systems
  9.10.1. RAF
  9.10.2. Compensation for occupational injuries and diseases
  9.10.3. UIF
9.11. Occupationally-based and private insurance schemes, pensions and provident funds
  9.11.1. General considerations
  9.11.2. Creating options and safeguarding the position and interests of people with disabilities
9.12. Social protection for all
9.13. An integrated comprehensive social security system
  9.13.1. Fundamental principles and legislative framework
  9.13.2. Concept of social security
  9.13.3. Definition of disability
  9.13.4. Purposes and eligibility criteria
  9.13.5. Assessment procedures
  9.13.6. Targeting
  9.13.7. Benefits
9.14. Financing
9.15. Short-term measures
  9.15.1. Disability care and insurance
9.16. Recommendations
  9.16.1. Summary list of recommendations
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Disability is not an attribute of an individual, but rather a complex collection of conditions, many of which are created by the social environment. Hence the management of the problem requires social action, and it is the collective responsibility of society at large to make the environmental modifications necessary for the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of social life. The issue is therefore an attitudinal or ideological one requiring social change, which at the political level becomes a question of human rights. (Source: World Health Organisation, International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICIDH-2)1)

The emphasis is on a fundamental shift in how we view disabled people, away from the individual medical perspective, to the human rights and development of disabled people. (Source: President Thabo Mbeki Forward to the 1997 White Paper on an Integrated National Disability Strategy [INDS])


  1. WHO [2001] p.18

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