author={Jeff D Grischow},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={179 - 199}
  • Jeff D Grischow
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Economics
  • The Journal of African History
ABSTRACT This article examines a rehabilitation program for disabled Ghanaians developed by Kwame Nkrumah's government between 1961 and 1966. Arising at a time when Nkrumah was moving away from welfarism in favor of a ‘big push’ for industrialization, rehabilitation sought to integrate disabled citizens into the national economy as productive workers. Nkrumah's program was preceded by a colonial rehabilitation project during the 1940s for disabled African soldiers. The colonial initiative drew… 

Disability and Rehabilitation in Late Colonial Ghana

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Attitudes of health service providers: The perspective of people with disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana

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Contractual dependencies:

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