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Inclusivity of children with disabilities and downsides of welfare-oriented service delivery system in Sri Lanka with special reference to rural areas in Galle district

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Chandani Liyanage

University of Colombo, LK
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Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts
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Abstract

Disability is a result of the attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder persons with impairments from their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Advocacy movements of persons with disabilities have contributed to changing the perception of disability. Disability-inclusive development has emerged as a method to secure equal rights for persons with disabilities. Social constructionists view the problem of disability as situated within the minds of able-bodied persons: individually as prejudice, and collectively as hostile social attitudes and practices. These negative assumptions of impairments lead to institutional discrimination against persons with disabilities. This article is based on an ethnographic study exploring the lived experience of children with disabilities and their vulnerable families in remote areas of Sri Lanka. It examines the awareness levels of service providers and the recipients on the rights-based approach to disability. The data for this article was gathered by way of qualitative interviews with parents, self-help groups, and service providers. The article describes the shortcomings of the welfare-orientated service delivery system in Sri Lanka and illustrates how the discriminatory practices in education, health, and transport services reinforce the marginalization of children with disabilities. The findings of this article contribute to the limited body of empirical evidence on children with disabilities. Drawing from these findings, the article suggests transforming systems through disability inclusive development.
How to Cite: Liyanage, C. (2022). Inclusivity of children with disabilities and downsides of welfare-oriented service delivery system in Sri Lanka with special reference to rural areas in Galle district. University of Colombo Review, 3(1), 153–172. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ucr.v3i1.65
Published on 02 Aug 2022.
Peer Reviewed

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