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  • Pitfalls for Purchasers & Providers

    In an interesting introduction to this paper, Richard Bruggerman cautions us to remember that 'while there are few doubts that economic theory works, ... it is only a part of the story in understanding human motivation or the workings of society'.

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  • Caring for Aboriginal People with Disabilities

    This paper is based on research in progress aimed at determining the most suitable ways of providing support services to aboriginal people with disability. The research has revealed three important factors: firstly, that families are central to the care of people with disability; secondly, that there is great importance attached...

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  • The Impact of Self-advocacy on Families

    This paper draws on research coming out of a participatory research project on the impact of self-advocacy on families. It initially addresses the question of 'What is an adult?', then looks at the relationship between adulthood and self advocacy.

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  • Values into local action - for the asking

    Learning to ask and making personal introductions are powerful methods of local action. This short article reinforces the need to encourage people with disabilities to express their needs by asking others for assistance. It also stresses the need for friends, families and workers to make requests to others in the...

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  • Finding friends at school and at home

    This article looks at simple and positive ways parents can give their child opportunities to develop friendships. Creative strategies that have been found to encourage social opportunities and friendships for children with disabilities are presented. While these strategies are based on research into the inclusion of pre-schoolers with disabilities, the...

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  • Commentary

    David Jory is the parent of a young man with intellectual disability. He is also a professor at a Canadian University. In this commentary, Jory argues passionately against differentiating people solely on the basis of assessment test scores.

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  • David's Journey: From a locked ward to a life of his own

    This is the third article in the "Your Move' series. In it we meet David, a young man with destructive and challenging behaviours. Key people, including family members, came together to focus on who David really was and what was important to him.

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  • The Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in NSW: Strategies for Effective Implementation

    This paper outlines the arguments for full inclusion of students with disabilities. The authors believe that the 'Cascade' model (which provides for a continuum of services and which is currently in force in NSW) should be replaced with a collaborative consultation model of inclusion which fosters the success of all students.

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  • Not just 'Business as Usual'

    The National Home of Your Own Alliance was formed to pursue new initiatives in home ownership for people with disabilities in the USA. Collaboration is identified as the key to the program's success, with the Alliance working with coalitions in 13 states.

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  • Changing Lives, Yes We Can!

    Mary Kealy has just retired as CEO of Brothers of Charity, Clare, in the West of Ireland. During the past ten years she led a radical change in how support is provided to people. The agency’s focus changed from supporting people in segregated group settings to supporting each individual to pursue opportunities and supports...

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