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  • New disability payments

    This is an information paper on the Disability Support Pension which in 1991 replaced the Invalid Pension, Sheltered Employment Allowance, Rehabilitation Allowance and Incentive Allowance. Keyword: Government

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  • Public Trustee and the management of funds

    In South Australia, a Public Trustee may be appointed administrator or manager of the financial affairs of a person found incapable of managing their own affairs. Other States and Territories have a similar arrangement in place.

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  • Behind the word - 'Equal'

    This brief article doesn't attach much importance to the use of empty service jargon, but it argues that "equal" is very different - though carelessly used, it stands for very important ideas. The article discusses our use and misuse of the notion of "equal". Keyword: Attitudes

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  • The BHP Programme Agreement

    The BHP Agreement is an agreement whereby BHP gave a commitment to Essential Personnel in the Illawarra that a number of positions within its workforce would be specifically available to people with disability.

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  • Thinking about crime, sacrifice and community

    John McKnight (the founder of the Centre for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at Northwestern University, Illinois) wrote this paper about rehabilitation during which he remembers a visit to a correctional centre where he was told that the only thing they were sure of was that ageing of a person...

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  • If he hits you, bullies you, or threatens you.....reach out

    This brochure, produced by the NSW Police Service, explains where people can obtain help if they are victims of violence. Keyword: Legal

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  • Taking Charge of Life

    Mary Somoza is the parent of teenage twins, both of whom were born with cerebral palsy and high support needs, including multiple medical needs. In this article, she tells how she found it necessary to 'take charge', searching out and co-ordinating the multiplicity of professionals in her children's lives.

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  • Regenerating community

    John McKnight is the founder of the Centre for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at Northwestern University, Illinois. In this paper he argues that we are developing a service economy which is the equivalent of institutionalisation without the walls.

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  • The Makaton Vocabulary

    The Makaton Vocabulary is a vocabulary rather than a signing system especially designed to provide a basic means of communication; to encourage expressive speech wherever possible; to develop an understanding of language through the visual medium of signs and the logical structure of sign language.

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  • Citizen advocacy is important because...

    Citizen advocacy programs are focused on arranging and supporting relationships among people who would otherwise not meet.

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