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  • Leslie's story

    This is a brief story by Leslie Manny who describes her loneliness and difficulty in meeting people because of her disability. She then tells of her citizen advocate and what that person has meant in her life. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Viewpoint: A parent's perspective on self advocacy

    Louise Hackett, the parent of a son with autism, describes the National People First Conference she attended in Tennessee, America, and the issues which confronted her around independence versus protection for people who have disabilities. As a parent, she still struggles with these issues, and talks also about the support...

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  • Affectionate bonds: What we can learn....by listening to friends

    This article describes friendships between people with and without disabilities, and is the result of a study of four pairs of friends. The study looked at how people become friends and each person's role within a friendship.

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  • Materials on relationships

    This American article was written in response to requests for information on how to develop and support relationships between individuals with disabilities and those without. By living in service structures, most people who have disabilities develop relationships with paid staff and become "clients".

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  • Who has the learning difficulty?

    Mark Burton, a psychologist and service manager with a community support team in Victoria, discusses such terms as "learning difficulties", the problems associated with them, and the use of collective terms for people who have disabilities.

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  • What's in a word?

    This article is written in the form of a letter, and slightly tongue-in-cheek, about the jargon and labelling used when referring to people who have disabilities. Keyword: Attitudes

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  • The Language of "Us" and "Them"

    A brief prose which highlights the negative ways we talk about people who have disabilities, such as "We have hobbies, they self - stim". Keyword: Attitudes

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  • Coping with the non disabled

    This article deals with the barriers facing people who have disabilities caused by negative and/or stereotyping attitudes. It explains what the major barriers are, how to recognise them and what to do about them. Short stories are used to portray various positive and negative attitudes. Keyword: Attitudes

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  • People with an intellectual disability can arouse repulsions

    This short paper raises questions which force people who do not have disabilities to ask, "What is wrong with us that makes us want to avoid those with intellectual disabilities?" Keyword: Attitudes

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  • Discrimination and intellectual disability: Selected case studies

    This paper uses selected case studies to portray discriminatory attitudes to people with disabilities. Situations include community attitudes, exploitation in employment and lack of recreational opportunities. Keyword: Attitudes

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