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  • Guidelines to follow....when a child with a disability is born

    This pamphlet recognises that the occasion of the birth of a child with a disability needs special management by hospital and medical staff, who should remain sensitive and non-judgemental.

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  • We all need parents but not forever

    In this short article, David Brandon argues that parents should not have to be involved in running services for their sons and daughters with disabilities.

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  • Women, disability and caring

    The main responsibility for caring for their children belongs to women. This article examines the underlying assumptions about the roles of mothers of children with disabilities and how stereotypical gender roles influence the caring of a child within a family.

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  • Families for all children

    The articles in this paper are based on the argument that families whose children have severe disabilities should be supported in as many ways as they need, and that children who cannot stay with their birth families deserve to live with other families.

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  • Cycles of care: Support and care between generations

    This article examines the strength of family links between generations and how family members are supporting each other financially, practically and emotionally. It shows how strong family links do exist between generations and that the extended family also exists though not always under the same roof. Keyword: Families

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  • Disability and the family: Life-style not life-sentence

    This article focuses on the belief that persons with disabilities contribute positively to their families, their communities, and society. Traditionally our society has focused on the burdens families face when one of their members has a disability - here we learn a little about the strengthening effects disability has.

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  • Values and principles behind family focused services

    This short, family-affirming paper lists the values and principles which should be behind family focused services. It supports the uniqueness of families and that they should be the ultimate decision makers with respect to themselves and their child or adult with a disability. Keyword: Professionals

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  • New directions for parents, families and professionals

    Robert Perske is an ally of people with disabilities in the U. S. A. A selection of his writings were used for a series of public meetings held by the Australian Association for the Mentally Retarded in 1983.

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  • How did I get this tough? Fighting for your child's rights

    The author of this short story is a parent who began her advocacy efforts on behalf of her son from the time he was born.

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  • Julie and me

    Christina Coombs tells the story of becoming a citizen advocate and how she and the person she advocated for built their relationship. Keyword: Advocacy

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