Refilwe Elizabeth Morwane

Refilwe Elizabeth Morwane
University of the Witwatersrand | wits · Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Bachelor of Arts (Communication Pathology); Master of Arts (AAC); PhD (AAC)

About

17
Publications
4,217
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
58
Citations
Additional affiliations
February 2017 - December 2019
University of Pretoria
Position
  • PhD Student
July 2013 - December 2018
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Lecturer

Publications

Publications (17)
Article
Full-text available
Background: Participation in daily activities is expressed as a human right. Full participation of children with disabilities in daily activities creates optimal opportunities for learning and development. Previous studies have focused primarily on proxy ratings of participation of children with intellectual disabilities in daily activities. Howeve...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Unemployment rates for persons with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are high. This is despite the call to action by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Sustainable Development Goals aimed at improving the economic well-being of the marginalised. To improve the employment...
Article
Purpose: In order to provide equitable communication intervention and support services to clients from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, the development of language-specific resources for assessment and intervention is needed. The purpose of the study was to develop a core vocabulary list based on language samples from Sepedi-speaking c...
Chapter
Objectives: This chapter is broadly based on examining the sexuality education programmes available in global literature for adolescents with severe disabilities, for whom, desires, the need for meaningful relationships and interest in their own and others’ bodies, are no different than their peers, and have been highlighted as a human right.
Conference Paper
Full-text available
This presentation will report on a series of South African studies aimed at laying foundations for the design of augmentative and alternative communication systems that give access to non-English and multiple languages. DOI 10.3233/TAD-190011
Article
Quality early home literacy experiences, specifically young children’s shared storybook reading experiences, have been identified as critical for establishing the foundations of reading and writing skills. Despite this, literature reports that children with complex communication needs (CCN) have limited exposure to literacy material. There is, howe...
Chapter
Transition from inclusive education to inclusive employment proves evasive for people with disabilities, especially youth with complex communication needs (CCN). This chapter explores the plight of youth with CCN to be included in employment for their own well-being. The study that informed this chapter focused on a purposive sample of 8 youth rang...
Presentation
Full-text available
Globally, persons with disabilities still face marginalization and exclusion from the labour market. Although the unemployment rates are generally high in South Africa (26.7%), statistics are even higher for persons with disabilities. This is despite policies and legislation aimed at promoting inclusion and participation of persons with disabilitie...
Article
Full-text available
Student engagement is a prerequisite for successful learning. Due to the tremendous change in the use of information and communication technologies, the nature of this engagement has had to adapt to fit a hybrid approach of teaching and learning. In this qualitative study, three focus group discussions were conducted that aimed to investigate adult...
Article
Full-text available
Background South African speech-language therapists have identified the need for culturally valid and sensitive assessment tools that can accommodate multiple languages and cover a reasonable age range. The Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL) extend from birth to 68 months, contain five separate subscales including receptive language, expressive...
Article
Purpose: The purpose of this study is (a) to examine the applicability of a culturally and linguistically adapted measure to assess the receptive and expressive language skills of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) in South Africa and then (b) to explore the contributions of 2 additional language measures. Method: In Part 1, 100 c...
Poster
The study aimed to determine the perception of students enrolled for an honours degree programme regarding blended learning approach. Twenty adult learners participated in the study and data was collected through focused groups and interviews. Students reported the blended learning approach encouraged extensive engagement with the learning material...
Poster
Children who use AAC have been found to have difficulty acquiring literacy skills and those that do develop literacy skills often lag behind their peers. These deficits in literacy skills are often so severe that they are still evident in adulthood. The importance of literacy cannot be underestimated for people who use AAC. Literacy skills enable a...
Presentation
Study aimed to explore a particular group of adult learners’ perspectives (both positive and negative) on their engagement in a postgraduate hybrid learning programme.
Presentation
Aim: People with disabilities rarely enjoy equal opportunities in constructing their own careers and those who do, face challenges throughout their lives. Disability and employment continues to be an Achilles heel of not only in South Africa but also in many countries and economies despite existence of equity policies. People with severe disabiliti...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Disability and employment continues to be an Achilles heel of many countries and economies. Although employment equity policies exist persons with disabilities are less represented than their able bodied counterparts in the labour market around the world. In South Africa, disabled people equally face employment challenges despite the economy being considered as one of the most stable in Africa. The objective of this study is to explore career aspirations of youth with little or no functional speech.