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  • Communities That Help People

    John McKnight describes how the life of a man with disability, Charlie, was transformed from one of isolation to one embedded in his community.

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  • Using Supports to Build Relationships

    This article explores the role of support workers in helping to facilitate relationships for the person they support. Without guidance, a well meaning support worker can limit the person they support to be an "activity doer" rather than supporting them to make connections and fulfil their potential.

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  • Social Role Valorisation Theory as a Resource to 'Person Centred Planning'

    This article will define what is commonly understood by the term, person centred planning, and identify some of the limitations in the current practice. It also considers what Social Role Valorisation (SRV) as a theory might offer to practitioners who are working in systems that have adopted

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  • Joyful Learning. Active and Collaborative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

    This accessible resource for K-12 inclusive classrooms helps teachers create an environment for active and collaborative learning that encourages and supports all students, including those who may have marked differences in ability, need,language, culture, and/or learning profile.

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  • Making Relationships a Priority

    In this article Paula Kluth discusses the importance of relationships for students with disability and the potential role of the educator in creating conditions conducive to their development. The article outlines five ways that schools can encourage interactions, build community and facilitate relationships.

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  • Britain struggles with inclusive education

    In this article Jan Thurlow discusses the inclusive education debate in Britain. She notes that despite the argument that there are insufficient resources, money is still found to continue running special segregated schools. Thurlow questions the human cost of this segregation and gives as an example her daughter Clare.

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  • Storeman with direction and guidance - POSITION FILLED

    This short article explores the initial (and unfounded) fears of Managing Director, Darryl Williams, on taking on a new worker, Les, who has a disability. It gives good insights into the relationship that has developed between Les and his workmates, and the support that he has been given.

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  • Juggling Family & Career - Tales from the Supernatural

    This article highlights the experience of parents who have a child with a disability in relation to work. Some have undergone a career change in order to find the flexibility needed to successfully combine work and family life.

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  • Ties and Connections: An ordinary community life for people with learning difficulties

    This book makes an excellent introduction for people interested in how to really embed people who have traditionally been excluded, in the life of their community. The authors argue that simply receiving an accommodation or employment service in a community (that is, the 'place') does not constitute 'community life'.

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  • Circles of Friends

    "Today you can buy books by the bushel on ways to teach kids with severe disabilities how to do basic things. . . . You can attend numerous conventions and conferences, where the authors of such books showcase their techniques and argue over which teaching method is best. .

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