Supporting Families in Raising Disabled Children to Enhance African Child Development

  • Judith McKenzie
  • Tsitsi Chataika


  • Most African families with disabled children in Africa lack support in raising their disabled children.

  • An unsupportive environment makes it very difficult for families to foster the development of their disabled family member.

  • African child development systems have the potential of supporting disabled children and their families.

  • Such systems are based on the philosophy that it takes the whole village to raise a child.

  • There is need for the support of disability organisations as well as inclusion in community groups and self-advocacy of disabled children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith McKenzie
    • 1
  • Tsitsi Chataika
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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