IFRTD OPINIONS FAIR 2007 - MAY WINNER:
Mac Mashiri (South Africa)
Rural transport and disability: Bridging the access divide
In rural areas of developing countries, persons with disabilities [PWD] are physically, socially, and economically isolated. Isolation brings with it an array of effects which invariably constrain their socio-economic development, for instance, access to employment opportunities, public sector services, schools, clinics, agricultural extension, and so on, are severely restricted. As a result, isolated individuals tend to build elaborate cocoons around themselves, and the more they look inward, the less likely they are able to grasp new opportunities for socio-economic advancement.
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