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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-39

Awareness among primary caregivers of the differently abled children on Indian legislation: A cross-sectional study

Department of Pediatrics, KLEU Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Deepa Chanbasappa Metgud
KLEU Institute of Physiotherapy, JNMC Campus, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi 590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2395-4264.188158

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Aim: The present study was undertaken to assess the level of awareness on Indian legislation among the primary caregivers of the differently abled children. Methods: A sample of 120 respondents from various centers attending services of day care centers, clinical setups, and educational institutes for their children was administered a thirty-item questionnaire, categorized into awareness of legislations, awareness of rights, concessions and benefits, and life cycle needs. Results: The results showed a significant level of awareness on Indian legislation among the primary caregivers depending on the age group of the respondents, gender, and the educational levels with P < 0.05. The educated male respondents were better aware than the females in the category of ≤10 th standard and Pre-university college (PUC) educated. Based on the age, respondents in the older age group were adequately aware compared to the respondents in the younger age group. Conclusions: There is a need to promote awareness among the primary caregivers of the differently abled children to enable them to receive optimum benefits. Different modes of communication should be explored to overcome the barriers and reach the illiterate. Limitations: The study included children with multiple disabilities. The children were unevenly distributed as well as drawn from different centers.

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