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  • The right to communicate

    These two pages were handouts at the "Right to Communicate" conference in 1992. Anne McDonald, who fought a hard battle to gain her discharge from an institution in Victoria with the aid of facilitated communication (introduced to her by a worker named Rosemary Crossley), summarises the right to communicate.

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  • Nothing dirty about being disabled

    This letter, by the mother of a child with a disability, was reprinted from a local paper. She takes to task the attitudes of people who would wish to segregate children who have disabilities and gives strong reasons, from financial to community, why this is both short-sighted and wrong.

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  • About Shawntell Strully

    Jeff and Cindy Strully, parent leaders from America, believe friendships should be an educational goal. They point out how people often describe children and dream about their futures. This paper presents two entirely different descriptions of their daughter - one by her friends and one by her service workers.

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  • The contradiction of kindness; The clarity of justice

    Marcia Rioux, Director of the Roeher Institute, Canada, writes that in spite of the social and legal requirement under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Canada), people with disabilities are still waiting for equal rights with their differences being respected and taken into account.

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  • Social integration and friendship

    Jeff Strully, a parent leader from America, states that "the lives of all people in our community are measured by our relationships and connectedness to a place called home where people want to be with us because they are our friends".

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  • Summary of the regulations regarding the individualised family service plan

    This is a concise summary of the content of the Individualised Family Service Plan which is developed jointly between the family and appropriate qualified personnel involved in the provision of early intervention services to meet the needs of the child.

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  • Having a baby

    This article is the result of two interviews given by Robert and Julie Strike, 6 months before the birth of their daughter and then 2 months after. The Strikes discuss their intellectual disabilities, their decision to have their baby and the disheartening attitudes of people other than family and close friends.

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  • Sexuality and the intellectually handicapped person

    This paper discusses the rights of people who have disabilities in relation to their sexuality in its broader meaning of being an essential part of each human being. The author states "...the distribution of rights to intellectually handicapped persons on the basis that they can never attain full adult status...

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  • Asking the right questions: Parent and professional perspectives on sexuality

    This article describes how parents frequently experience discussions with professionals about the sexuality of their adult children as a battle over control that they will eventually lose. Parents often feel that if they disagree with the practices of adult service systems, their son or daughter may well be excluded.

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  • Futures planning: Supporting a new vision

    This paper describes Personal Futures Planning - a new way of thinking about meeting an individual's unique needs, desires and abilities, and compares it with previous systems. Personal Futures Planning is described as a way of assisting individuals and families in identifying what is important to them, empowering them with...

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