Strategies for improving disability awareness and social inclusion of children and young people with cerebral palsy
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Child: Care, Health and Development
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 809–816, November 2012
How to Cite
Lindsay, S. and McPherson, A. C. (2012), Strategies for improving disability awareness and social inclusion of children and young people with cerebral palsy. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38: 809–816. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01308.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
- Accepted for publication 28 July 2011
- cerebral palsy;
- disability awareness;
- young people's views
Background Children and youth with disabilities are at a higher risk of being socially excluded or bullied while at school compared with their typically developing peers. This study explored disabled children's suggestions for improving social inclusion.
Methods Fifteen children with cerebral palsy were interviewed or took part in a group discussion about social inclusion and bullying. All interviews and focus groups were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim.
Results The children and youth described several strategies to help improve social inclusion at school including: (1) disclosure of condition and creating awareness of disability; (2) awareness of bullying; (3) developing a peer support network and building self-confidence; and (4) suggestions on what teachers can do.
Conclusions It is recommended that children's suggestions be considered within the classroom context to enhance the social inclusion and participation of children with disabilities.