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  • What We want from Residential Programs

    This article is based on two seminars for people with disability facilitated by John O'Brien and Connie Lyle. It covers in plain language how such programs can help/hurt people, common experiences, how to provide better support, and finally, what people with disability themselves want from residential programs.

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  • (Presentation to Community Summit on Disability Advocacy and Information Services)

    In this address, the Hon. Justice Marcus Einfeld stresses the value and importance of independent advocacy, saying that where there is no provision for independent social advocacy (or when it is discouraged), then those who are most vulnerable suffer the most.

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  • Why did Simon's Behaviour change?

    When Simon's mood and behaviour changed, medication for depression was prescribed. His concerned mother, however, felt there was a need to look into the matter further. The outcome shows the importance of looking for - and checking out - physical symptoms. Keyword: Health

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  • The Conflict of Interest Issue, in the context of Independent Advocacy

    It's important that conflicts of interest are minimised when undertaking advocacy. This article consists of quotes from the writing and teachings of Dr Wolf Wolfensberger. Keyword: Advocacy,

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  • Reflections on Risk

    In this thoughtful article, Sobsey says that placing restrictions on people with disability should only be used when the stakes are high, harm is likely, and there is no empowering or even less intrusive strategy available. He suggests two tests to determine whether protection strategies are appropriate.

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  • Securing the Future for People with Disabilities

    With people with disability living longer, families everywhere are developing creative responses to planning for their son or daughter's future. This article reports on the lessons learnt by families, as well as outlining seven steps to creating a plan for the future. Keyword: Individualisation, Families

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  • Why Communities need People with Disabilities

    Roz Cooper sees her son as a catalyst for communities to become real. She believes that communities that aspire to be real need innovation, communication, determination and co-operation and that true community can only exist when room is made for the differences and limitations of everyone. Keyword: Inclusion

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  • Survivor promotes Ideology of Exclusion

    This article was written during the first season of the (CBS) program,

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  • The Tenants' Viewfinder

    Richard Woolrych describes how the use of Photovoice has enabled a group of people with intellectual disability to comment on their lives, accommodation and future hopes. Individuals were given a camera and the opportunity to talk (on tape) about the photos they had taken.

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  • Hidden Health Problems uncovered

    People with an intellectual disability often have multiple undetected health problems. Often behavioural disturbance are perceived as the primary problem while the underlying medical disorder is ignored. This short article stresses the importance of regular, comprehensive physical assessments. Keyword: Health

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