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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development (formerly Asia Pacific Disability and Rehabilitation Journal) aims “to publish evidence-based information to address needs of practitioners (particularly those from developing countries), policy makers, organisations of persons with disabilities and the scientific community.” To that end the journal focuses on these subjects, emphasizing “perspectives from developing countries”: Community-based rehabilitation, Inclusive education, Women with disabilities, Inclusive development, Human rights and self-advocacy, Role of Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs), Policy and legislation related to disability issues, Health-related rehabilitation and outcomes - perspectives from developing countries, Assistive devices - perspectives from developing countries; Accessibility (including inclusive design); Disability and HIV/AIDS/reproductive health; Disability and conflict; and Disability and emergencies.
The journal variously publishes original research articles, reviews, brief reports, experiential accounts, case studies, letters to the editor, editorials, and guest editorials. The most current issue available for review, Volume 26, Number 3, Autumn 2015, contains an editorial tracing the history of CBR (community-based rehabilitation), four original research articles (“Towards a Core Set of Clinical Skills for Health-Related Community Based Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries,” “Stroke Rehabilitation in the Philippines: An Audit Study,” “Knowledge of Primary School Teachers in Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities,” and “Virtual Reality Games as an Intervention for Children: A Pilot Study”), two brief reports (“Accessibility and Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Tourism: Perspective of Tourism Workers in the Ashanti region of Ghana” and “Attitudes of Parents towards the Behavioural Management of their Children with Intellectual Disability”), an experiential account (“Community-based Rehabilitation in a post-Soviet environment in Azerbaijan – Where Society meets Ideology”), and a letter to the Editor about “Adapted Science Experimental Aids for Students with Visual Impairment”).
There is a section in the journal on Announcements; these include an announcement about the upcoming International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Conference in Melbourne, Austrialia, 15-19 August, 2016, and the 32nd Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity to held April 25-26, 2016. Also included in Announcements are new publications, such as WHO Publications from Tajikistan and the book, Disability and Poverty in the Global South - Renegotiating Development in Guatemala.
Any scholar interested in research on community-based rehabilitation will likely want to know about this journal, and librarians are recommended to make such researchers aware of it.