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  • Culture and Disability in the Pacific: When Does a Difference Make a Difference?

    Fitzgerald's experiences in Micronesia and American and Western Samoa have confirmed her belief that perceptions about what constitutes a disability vary both within and across cultures; similarly, societal perceptions of and attitudes towards differences among individuals vary widely.

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  • Report on Western Australia's Post School Options Program

    This report gives a background to the Post School Options Program and outlines the way that the program operates. Options available under the program are integrated employment (open/competitive and supported) and community access skills. These are tailored to the individual needs of the young person with a disability.

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  • Individual Planning with Adults who have Learning Difficulties: key issues - key sources

    Greasley argues that individual planning and assessment should actively involve the person with the disability. Rather than emphasising personal inadequacies relating to education and social competencies, it should be about lifestyle issues.

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  • Transition Services

    The key to effective transition is to prepare for change by planning ahead. This article suggests ways of achieving this which include following a person-centred planning process, being aware of outside resources and involving an advocate where the person is unable to advocate effectively on their own behalf.

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  • Transition for students with disabilities: the first five years

    This paper discusses current transition processes and practices and provides initial evaluation and outcome data. Areas covered include Individual Transition Planning, curriculum issues and vocational training.

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  • Advocacy: a practical approach - Dealing with politicians

    This article is a practical guide to dealing with federal government either through approaching individuals or by appearing before Parliamentary or Cabinet committees. Much of the information in the article is based on a survey of Members of Parliament and Senators. The article includes tips for meeting with politicians.

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  • Becoming a Client - an experience of loss of power

    Carolyn Quinn, a parent and pyschologist, reveals the disempowerment that she experienced when she found herself in the role of 'client' following the birth of her son. Quinn asks professionals to avoid seeing families who have a child with a disability as 'burdened'.

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  • First Group Starts Moving Ahead

    This brief article demonstrates several ways in which young people with complex support needs have been supported to access post school options through the 'Moving Ahead' program. Keywords: Transition, Individualisation

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  • Reaching Out/Reaching In/Reaching Across

    Historically, people with disability have been segregated from the valued core of society both physically and in terms of their place in society: They are considered to be 'in place' when that place is separate from the mainstream of society.

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  • The Mac Book: Highlighting the Person in the I.E.P.

    Before their son, Mac, started school, the Mattheis family developed a portfolio on Mac which includes pictures, writing and work samples and shows all aspects of Mac's life. This book is added to each year and includes valuable tips and shortcuts for teachers.

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